Meet me where Page meets Stage on the 2nd Wednesday of every month

Posted On November 12th, 2015

At 7:15 pm on the second Wednesday of every month, I attend a decade-long running poetry series called Page Meets Stage that I help curate. It’s one of my favorite nights of every month. I never do a poem there, but sometimes I am the host. Regardless, it’s a great place to have a drink and listen to two excellent poets read back and forth, poem for poem. Will you meet me there?

The Celebration of Whimsy (The COW)
21A Clinton St. (just south of Houston)
Admission: $12 at the door (or $6 in advance at Eventbrite)
Doors open at 7:15 pm

Here’s a quick & dirty (amateur) promo video I made:
https://www.facebook.com/taylor.mali/videos/10153410526636317/?theater

Tenth Anniversary Showcase of Page Meets Stage!

Posted On October 22nd, 2015

This coming November 11, 2015, virtually 10 years to the day after the very first pairing of Page Meets Stage (which wasn’t even a series yet but rather just a one-off reading), several alumni of the 80 pairings that have happened since will join together with a few emerging voices to celebrate this amazing series “where the Pulitzer Prize meets the poetry slam.” The event will take place at 7:00 pm at our new venue in New York City:

The Celebration of Whimsy
21 Clinton Street
(just south of Houston)

The first pairing of Page Meets Stage was Billy Collins and me, and it took place on November 12, 2005. I remember the whole day well because it lasted six hours longer than usual for me! See, I had finished teaching a residency in Copenhagen the day before, so on the morning of the biggest poetry reading of my life in New York City, I woke up in Europe! Was I exhausted? Of course. But not so much as my heart was bursting with pride. It was Bob Holman’s idea to have me and Billy read back and forth, poem for poem, and we have continued to do that at all pairings since that first one. Indeed, that unique aspect of our format is what audiences love and what makes Page Meets Stage such a great show. There’s rarely been one poet who overpowers the other—and it’s certainly not a competition—because the truth is we only ask poets who are pretty accomplished on BOTH surfaces, page and stage.

Please do join us on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, as we welcome back several veterans from the last 10 years as well as some emerging voices who will renew our hope in the literary future.

Wednesday, June 17th: Page Meets Stage with Beau Sia and Watsky!

Posted On May 20th, 2015

LOCATION: The DL Lounge 95 Delancey St. (SW corner of Ludlow St.) F/M to Delancey/Essex St. or 6 to Spring St.

The series, often called “where the Pulitzer Prize meets the poetry slam,” is like no other poetry reading series anywhere. Each month, for 10 years, two different poets, one who writes primarily for the page and another who is more performance oriented, take the stage together and read back and forth, poem for poem. It is not a slam or competition in any way. Check out YouTube to see some of the more memorable moments in the series, or go to www.PageMeetsStage.com for the complete schedule. Tickets are $12 (but ½ price if purchased online in advance). Call 646-543-5232 for more information.

Buy half-price advance tickets here!

Wednesday, May 20: Page Meets Stage with Sapphire and Franny Choi!

Posted On April 25th, 2015

LOCATION: The DL Lounge 95 Delancey St. (SW corner of Ludlow St.) F/M to Delancey/Essex St. or 6 to Spring St.

The series, often called “where the Pulitzer Prize meets the poetry slam,” is like no other poetry reading series anywhere. Each month, for 10 years, two different poets, one who writes primarily for the page and another who is more performance oriented, take the stage together and read back and forth, poem for poem. It is not a slam or competition in any way. Check out YouTube to see some of the more memorable moments in the series, or go to www.PageMeetsStage.com for the complete schedule. Tickets are $12 (but ½ price if purchased online in advance). Call 646-543-5232 for more information.

Buy half-price advance tickets here!

Saturday, April 25, I’ll be performing on the High Line at 6:30 pm!

Posted On April 15th, 2015
LOCATION: On the High Line at West 26th Street

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a stroll on the High Line at sunset and encounter a series of poetry performances along the park; ten blocks of traditional readings, spoken word, and ASL Poetry. Presented in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets.

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Get started with poetry readings by Sarah Gambito, Saeed Jones, Taylor Mali, David Tomas Martinez and Leigh Stein.

Enjoy a performance by top New York artists whose primary language is American Sign Language: Maleni Chaitoo, John McGinty, Lewis Merkin, Lynnette Taylor, Alexandria Wailes and Jon Wolfe-Nelson, based on poems by Darren Fudenske, Douglas Ridloff, David Rivera and Anne Tomasetti. Created by Other Voices.

Witness the creative process unfold as Wendy Chen, Mariama J. Lockington and Camille Rankine reveal writing improvisations projected on large screens.

And get inspired by the powerful spoken word performances of some of the Nuyorican all stars: Lemon Andersen, Nancy Mercado, Maria Rodriguez-Morales, Edwin Torres and Emanuel Xavier.

Join us after for a closing party with National Book award winner Mark Doty, music and (yes!) a cash bar.

Wednesday, April 15th, 8 pm: Page Meets Stage with Jill Alexander Essbaum and Sean Patrick Mulroy

Posted On April 9th, 2015

The RED ROOM at the DL Lounge
95 Delancey St. (SW corner of Ludlow)

Page Meets Stage was born in 2005 when Billy Collins and Taylor Mali read together on the same stage in an event called “Page vs. Stage: The Final Smackdown!” Now it is a monthly series curated by Taylor which brings together two poets—one ostensibly repping the “page,” the other ostensibly repping a more performative style—to read/perform back and forth, poem for poem, continuing the conversation of where poetry exists. Some of the most prominent poets in the United States both in the “academy” and in spoken word circles (Gerald Stern, Mark Doty, Carol Muske-Dukes, Valzhyna Mort, Paul Muldoon, Thomas Lux, Roger Bonair-Agard, Patricia Smith, Rives, Lynne Procope, to name just a few) have been involved.

Check out YouTube to see some of the more memorable moments in the series (search for “Page Meets Stage”), or go to www.PageMeetsStage.com for the complete schedule.
Tickets are $12 at the door on the night of the show but are available in advance (for a discount) at www.PageMeetsStage.com. Call 646-543-5232 for more information.

THIRD Wednesday of this month: Sarah Kay meets Zack Rogow!

Posted On March 25th, 2014

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Page Meets Stage is a reading series I run which brings together two poets—one ostensibly repping the “page,” the other ostensibly repping a more performative style—to read/perform back and forth, poem for poem, continuing the conversation of where poetry exists. Some of the most prominent poets in the United States both in the “academy” and in spoken word circles (Gerald Stern, Mark Doty, Carol Muske-Dukes, Valzhyna Mort, Paul Muldoon, Thomas Lux, Roger Bonair-Agard, Patricia Smith, Rives, Lynne Procope, to name just a few) have been involved.

Check out YouTube to see some of the more memorable moments in the series (search for “Page Meets Stage”), or go to www.PageMeetsStage.com for the complete schedule.
Tickets are $12 ($6 students) and are sometimes available in advance online.

All shows take place at The DL Lounge on the Lower East Side (95 Delancey Street at the SW corner of Ludlow).

Piedmont, CA—An Evening with Taylor Mali: In Praise of Teachers

Posted On February 19th, 2014

On Tuesday, February 25, from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the Alan Harvey Theater at Piedmont High School, the Education Speaker Series will host New York City performance poet and former teacher Taylor Mali, author of What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World and a four-time National Poetry Slam champion. He is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” His one-man show Teacher! Teacher! won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival. Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, and has performed and lectured all over the world. You may purchase an advance ticket for $10 plus a $2 online processing fee here: http://tinyurl.com/http-taylormali-com

Tickets may be available at the door depending on availability. If you miss this reading, Taylor Mali will be the featured poet the following evening at the Berkeley Poetry Slam.

 

 

Meet me in New York City on Wednesday, 2/19/2014, at 8 pm

Posted On January 27th, 2014

I’m looking forward to the first pairing of the year for Page Meets Stage on the third Wednesday of February. The poets taking part are Tracy K. Smith and Thuli Zuma so this month we really ARE “where the Pulitzer Prize meets the Poetry Slam!”

I’m leaving for Germany today (Monday, January 27, 2014), and I return only a few days before the show so I’m turning over the hosting duties to Associate Curator John Paul Davis. Nevertheless, come join me for this electric pairing!

I’m reading at the Austin Poetry Slam on 21 January 2014!

Posted On December 19th, 2013

Every year I go to Austin, TX, for MLK weekend. Which is to say, I went last year, and I have every intention of going this year. And the United States is a young country, so that practically makes it a tradition. And I love reading at the Austin Poetry Slam, because it’s one of the big time slams in the country, a National Poetry Slam championship venue with a large, active, weekly slam. There are slam venues all over the country, but there are only a handful at any one time that have become big time. Berkeley (where I’ll be on 2/26/2014), Boston, Seattle, the Nuyorican in New York City, Chicago, and Austin. Back when we were at the Bowery Poetry Club, I used to count my own slam, Urbana. But since the club’s metamorphosis into a high-end burlesque venue that sometimes does poetry on the side (and Urbana’s relocation to The Sidewalk Cafe), our audience has been struggling to find us.

But Austin. Great scene. Looking forward to it.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
8 pm
Venue name: The 29th Street Ballroom
Venue address: 2906 Fruth Street, Austin, TX 78702
Estimated audience: 100-120
Cost of Admission?: $5.00