Featuring Fedeline Charles, Ellen Dotts, Igor Satanovsky, and Mark Anthony Vigo
Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro
Plus open mic
$3 suggested donation. Two drink min, alcoholic or non.
Born in Brooklyn in 1981, Fedeline Charles is a first generation Haitian-American. Orphaned by the age of three, Fedeline lived her youth filled with abuse, resentment and abandonment. Writing became her outlet, but she stopped writing when depression took over and she became pregnant at the age of twelve. By the age of fourteen she signed herself into the New York Foster Care system. Once in foster care Fedeline picked up the pen again and has never put it down again. She has written a series of poetry about her journey through life and the experiences of others. As her passion for writing continues to blossom she shares her first book of poetry with the world
Ellen Dotts is a poet and fiction writer based on Staten Island, NY by way of Liberia, West Africa. Ellen is the curator of Shortbread and Gravy, presents, “Writer’s Block”. She also served as the coordinator and host of the 2019 season of “The Edgewater Reading Series”. To quote her favorite poet, Nikki Giovanni, “We write because we believe the human spirit can not be tamed and should not be trained.” Her poetry is her civil protest.
Mark Anthony Vigo, aka, "Vigo Hard BK" is a poet/spoken word artist, born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Coming of age during the birth of Hip Hop has heavily influenced his writing and performance style. An alum of the poetry writing program under Willie Perdomo, at VONA, Voices of Our Nation Arts foundation, University of Miami, Class of 2016. He’s performed at the very first, annual, New York Poetry Festival, held on Governor's Island. He has been a featured poet at, Capicu!, The Inspired Word, The Babble in The Bronx, and Canvas of Words. He has performed at other venues across New York City, including the Nuyorican Poet’s Café and The Bowery Poetry Club. Even performing as far away as Puerto Rico, at The Poet's Passage, in Old San Juan, with Lady Lee Andrews. A member of The Sunday Writing Circle/Full Circle Ensemble. Performing in three stage productions, thus far. “Misconceptions”, “MISCONCEPTIONS, TOO”, and, “Page 2: Standing In Your Truth”. All three productions were staged and performed at the renowned National Black Theater of Harlem, produced by Latanya DeVaughn and directed by Andres “Chulisi” Rodriguez.
Igor Satanovsky is a bilingual Russian-American poet, translator, and visual artist. He authored one poetry collection in English, American Poetry (Free and How), and several poetry collections in Russian. Igor is a Senior Designer at Sterling Publishing, co–publisher at Koja Press, and a Chief Editor of Novaya Kozha, Russian-language almanac of arts and letters. His most recent publications of poetry in English are in Otholiths and Brave New Word magazine. He also contributed notes to A Dictionary of The Avant-Gardes (by Richard Kostelanetz, Routledge, NY, 2019), and curated the New York DADA Poetry Centennial (2016).