This event takes place at our Brooklyn location.
Jacob Victorine was born and raised in New York City. He earned his MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches a class on performance poetry. His poems appear in places such as Columbia Poetry Review, Vinyl Poetry, Matter, DIALOGIST, Phantom Books, and PANK, which nominated him for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. He has published essays in Publishers Weekly and Poets Quarterly and serves as a Book Reviewer for Publishers Weekly and Muzzle Magazine. As a competitive slam poet, he has twice been a Grand Slam Finalist at the Mental Graffiti slam in Chicago and was a member of the 2011 Jersey City National Poetry Slam Team. He currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and their cats, Gilgamesh and Sita. Flammable Matter (Elixir Press, 2016) is his first book.
Rico Frederick is a fun-loving Trinidadian transplant, a full-time Art Director for a major design agency in New York City, the author of Broken Calypsonian, a collection of poetry published by Penmanship books, a Graphic Novelist, and the founder of DizzyEngine Inc. (A one-man design shop). Rico loves gummy bears & pistachio ice cream, scribbles poems on the backs of maps in hopes they will take him someplace new. He calls Harlem home. Rico is the first poet ever to represent all four New York City poetry venues at the National Poetry Slam: Four-time Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Finalist, Four-time Urbana Poetry Slam Grand Slam Finalist, Two-Time Intangible Slam Grand Slam Finalist, 2010 Grand Slam Champion of The LouderARTS Project, and 2012 Grand Slam Champion of Jersey City Slam. Art director for Penmanship Books, and commissioned designer for Urban Word Inc. A former slammaster of The louderARTS Project and former committee member of the Urbana Poetry Slam, Rico's image has appeared in the New York Times, his poetry published in print and web-zines. Heartbreaker, a stereoscopic short film in collaboration with Nice Shoes Creative Director Aron Baxter, was a 2011 Official Selection of the 8th Annual Big Apple Film Festival.
Justin Woo is a Rutgers graduate, Jersey City resident, and Chinese-American poet, theatre artist, videographer, photographer, and DJ. He has performed at universities, theaters, and slam venues throughout the Northeast including the NYC Fringe Festival and the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre.
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