Join us on October 24 from 5 to 7 pm for a wide-ranging set of readings held in the Oscar Wilde Temple, located in The Church of the Village at 201 W. 13th Street (at 7th Avenue) in the West Village, New York City. The program is curated by Alan Baxter.
Eight poets and writers will read original sketches concerning sexual liberation and its relevance to human interaction, as well as paying homage to the great writer Oscar Wilde. Most of the literary selections will be poetry, but selections will also be read from published Gay plays, from Oscar Wilde’s writings, and from the transcript of his trial. Finally, a few pages will be read from Wilde’s essay on Socialism and Christianity.
BIOGRAPHIES OF POETRY READERS:
ALAN BAXTER has been quite active in the NYC Poetry circuit for the last 18 years. He has been frequently featured in Evie Ivy’s Dance of the Word, also reading in such venues as Bowery Poetry Club, Smalls Jazz Club, and Cornelia Street Cafe. He has also been featured at The Brownstone Poets and at the Green Pavilion. World Audience has published his first book of poetry entitled Shall We Have Magic? He is also an independent film-maker, having directed the feature film Barriers now available on Netflix. His Gay play Juan and Emmett has been performed in many small theaters here in New York City. He has had his own reading series Kairos Poetry Café, which is now hosted by Marvin Camillo. He is an English/Literature Professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey, and a long-time member of Church of the Village.
FRANK COSENTINO is a retired literature/religion professor and Christian educator who taught at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. He is also the co-founder of The Foundation for Developmental Medicine, Inc., and an incredible lover of Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales, which he will read selections from.
EVIE IVY is considered the Queen of Poetry in Brooklyn, and her book The First Woman Who Danced has sold many copies. Evie is the current host of The Green Pavilion, one of the longest running poetry venues in New York City, and her show Dance of the Word is a tremendous favorite at the Cornelia Street Café. She is also the editor of the verse anthology The Venetian Hour, and has written many poems about Oscar Wilde, as well as having performed in most of the Poetry Clubs here in New York City.
ROBIN SMALL-McCARTHY is a well-known poet, singer, and performing artist in New York City's underground poetry scene. With extensive credits in theatre and the performing arts, Robin has been a featured poet in such venues as the Bowery Poetry Club, Nomad's Choir, the Green Pavilion, the Brownstone Poets, the A.I.R. Gallery, the KGB Bar, the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Yippie Museum Cafe, 5C Cultural Center and Cafe, and Kairos Poetry Cafe, which was founded by Robin over twenty years ago.
Her writing has been published in numerous journals and books, including the Journal of Cultural Studies, Nomad's Choir, and Sound Identities. Robin has also performed on two CDs: Kairos Poetry Cafe Presents Selections of Poetry & Music (AB Film Productions) and Brant Lyon & Friends' Beauty Keeps Laying Its Sharp Knife Against Me (LogoChrysalis Productions).
Her first book of poetry is entitled Love During Wartime (Cengage); the second edition has been released via CreateSpace.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com. Starseed: The Cosmic Sutra has also been released via CreateSpace.com. Cold Winter Days and Dark Nights of the Soul: The Madison Chronicles will be released this winter.
MARVIN CAMILLO has now started a small theater company here in New York City called The Family Repertory Theater. It is based mostly on the drama group started by his father back in the 1970’s, out of which came the play Short Eyes, which his father co-wrote and originally produced and directed. Marvin will read excerpts from his original drama, Etiquette Now, a short comic play about the tribulations of drag queens and their quest for social equality. He is also the present curator of Kairos Poetry Café.
HELEN PETERSON is a member of the Church of the Village, and a Cuban poet who has performed at many of the poetry venues here in New York City: Kairos Poetry Café, The Green Pavilion, and Brownstone Poets. She is also a great admirer of Oscar Wilde.
SAL ANZALONE is one of the resident playwrights of SAGE, who has authored many plays such as Marvin’s Fetish, Justin’s Secret, and Random Outbursts. Marvin’s Fetish (winner of a Tennessee Williams festival award) has been published both by AB Film Publishing and Off the Wall Plays, and has been performed throughout the world in small theaters. He is an ardent fan of Oscar Wilde.
EREK QUINONES is a free-spirited performer who has attended Kairos events in the past and who wishes to honor the memory of a great writer such as Oscar Wilde.