Featuring Thomas Fucaloro and Frieda Grace Jones
Hosted by David Lawton
Plus open mic
$3 suggested donation. Two drink min, alcoholic or non
Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Freida Jones is a writer of poems, novels, and plays. She is the author of Music Masquerades as Honey in My Hands, a collection of poems centered around jazz. While at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her play “Lucky Strikes Legacy“was produced. More recently, in 2016, Freida performed a dramatic reading of “In the Tradition” (Amiri Baraka), a tribute to writer at the theater in Gallatin, NYU. She was the producer of a live dramatic performance of “Music Masquerades” in Harlem in 2017. Participation in workshops: Cave Canem, Women Writers in Bloom, and John Maney’s “Finding Your Inner Wisdom” keeps her creativity refreshed.
The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Thomas Fucaloro has been on six national slam teams. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and is a co-founding editor of great weather for MEDIA and NYSAI Press. He is an adjunct professor at Wagner College where he teaches world lit and advanced creative writing. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone and lives in Staten Island. His latest chapbook, There is Always Tomorrow was released in 2017 by Mad Gleam Press.Since 2016, Thomas has helped in building a community of poets in Staten Island, focusing on making poetry accessible to all, either though the Life*Vest*Poetry Slam, The Who Needs Healing? Reading Series, or the free workshops offered at Staten Island Libraries and the Pride Center.