Featuring Joel Allegretti, Julie Bentsen, and Alex Caldiero
Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro
Plus open mic
$3 suggested donation. Two drink min, alcoholic or non.
Joel Allegretti is the author of, most recently, Platypus (NYQ Books, 2017), a collection of poems, prose, and performance texts, and Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016), a novella. His second book of poems, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium.
Julie Bentsen is a poet and surrealist illustrator from the forgotten realms of Staten Island, which she represented in the 2016 and 2018 National Poetry Slam competition. A student of the Unconscious, her poetry and sketches often stem from dreams. As a visual artist she enjoys creating live pen & ink sketches to live poetry, and has done so at events with 3Po3try NYC, Deep Tanks Studios, Post:blank magazine, NYSAI magazine, and Lumen.
Teacher, polyartist, sonosopher, and scholar of humanities and inter-media, Alex Caldiero makes things that sometimes appear as language or pictures or music -- and then again, as the shape of your own mind. Born in the ancient town of Licodia Eubea, near Catania, Sicily, he immigrated with his family to the United States at age nine. Raised in Manhattan and Brooklyn, he attended Queens College in Flushing, NY. Apprenticed to the sculptor-poet Michael Lekakis and the poet-bard Ignaziu Buttitta, Caldiero has traveled thru Sicily, Sardinia, Turkey and Greece collecting proverbs, tales, and folk instruments. He is co-founder of Arba Sicula, the society for the preservation of the Sicilian language and traditions. He is featured in Dictionary of the Avant-gardes and is co-recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and from Utah Performing Arts Tour. Awards include Best Poetry Award from the Association for Mormon Letters, and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Literature.