Featuring Julius Baltonado, M.A. Dennis, and Matt Figgz
Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro
Plus open mic
$3 suggested donation. Two drink min, alcoholic or non.
Julius Baltonado is the Program Manager and Intern Coordinator at Bowery Poetry, and Outreach Coordinator at the Louis Armstrong House Museum Residency at Queens College. Hailing from Cebu City, Philippines, he's lived in Queens, New York for eleven years now (and being judgmental of America through the lens of what it could be - what Queens just is). Having been described as a sandwich of strange emotions, he writes sardonically about intimacy, reverently about the mundane, and as honestly as possible about the world.
M.A. Dennis is a spoken word poet and author, who was once told by a writing teacher that everything he writes is either "food or women." So, he added homelessness, depression and satirical commentaries on life. Dennis' poetry has been published by the New York Times, Electrica Magazine, and Local Gems Press. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from St. John's University, and lives in Staten Island, a few blocks from Audre Lorde Way.
Matt Figgz is a storyteller from Staten Island who started writing as an outlet for his struggles with mental health. His debut poetry book, Adolescence, centers around the anxiety and depression he struggled with in high school. Figgz believes pain is nothing to be ashamed of. It's meant to be shared, to let others know they aren't alone in this journey called life.