Featuring D. Bird, SaraEve Fermin, Damien Tillman
Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro
Plus open mic
$3 suggested donation. Two drink min, alcoholic or non.
D.Bird is a practitioner of Puerto Rican Experimental Poetic Theater. D.Bird once dated a white girl who assumed he was a slam poet simply because he was Puerto Rican. He decided to play to type, and lied about being a artist who performed regularly in poetry venues throughout New York City, including the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe, Capicu Culture, Inspired Word, 187 Culture Clatch, Brooklyn Gypsies and other outfits. Little did he know she would later invite him to an open mic, and D.Bird, now shitting himself, had to actually write and perform a poem. His comedic, storytelling style has since captivated diverse audiences both young and old, addressing issues of culture and race, politics and identity, shitty dating behaviors and redemption. And thus, out of a lie, a legend was born. Faster than a speeding taxi driver, stronger than a CrossFit Gym fanatic, able to leap subway turnstiles in a single bound, it’s D.Bird!
SaraEve Fermin (she/her) is a performance poet and epilepsy advocate from northeast New Jersey. A 2015 Best of the Net nominee, she has performed for both local and national events, including the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles 2015 Care and Cure Benefit to End Epilepsy in Children, as a reader for great weather for MEDIA at the 2016 NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island, and at the 2018 Swimming with Elephants Five Year Anniversary Soiree in ABQ, New Mexico in 2018. You might have met her volunteering at various national poetry slams. A poetry editor, contributing blogger, and book reviewer, her work can be found or is forthcoming in GERM Magazine, Ink and Nebula, Rising Phoenix Press, great weather for MEDIA’s The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker and the upcoming Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, and Homology Lit, among others. Her first full length poetry anthology,You Must Be This Tall to Ride, was published by Swimming with Elephants Publishing in 2016 and her follow up, View from the Top of the Ferris Wheel, was publish by Clare Songbird Publishing House in 2017. Her third book of poetry, Trauma Carnival, was released in March 2019 (Swimming with Elephants Publications). She believes in the power of foxes, hair dye and self-publishing. She loves Instagram and follows back: @SaraEve41
Damien Tillman is an educator, workshop facilitator, social entrepreneur, and author of Learning To Quote Myself. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Damien is a graduate of Hunter College, earning bachelor’s degrees in Media Studies and Creative Writing. He also holds a master’s degree in Childhood Education from The City College of New York. Damien works as The Coordinator of Mentor Services and Resource Development for a non-profit organization. When he isn’t creating opportunities for young people in low-opportunity environments, Damien leads the New York Writing Club, a writing organization with over four thousand members on meetup. Damien acts as the director, organizer, and facilitator, designing skills building workshops on various aspects of the writing process and the business of publishing, at no-cost. As a writer, Damien is known for his uncomfortable honesty, unique use of language, storytelling, word choice, as well as his ability to navigate and make sense of both difficult topics and complex ideas. As an independent artist, he started his own company to publish and sell his book, choosing to turn down offers from more established entities. Damien believes that artists should recognize themselves as businesses who need to maintain ownership of their intellectual property. Damien has been featured at open mics for the Poets Settlement, Second Saturdays at Cyrus, great weather for MEDIA, Frederick Douglass Academy’s Poetry Slam at Barnes & Noble, and Spoonbill Studio’s Poetry 99. He has been interviewed by Alfonso Siverls on Second Saturday TV, as well as has an author profile on the award-winning blog, Polite on Society, with Marc Polite.