19 May 2016

Short Story Contest May 31st deadline--get your stories in now!

I thought the Paris writing community would want to know that The Reader Berlin is hosting a short story competition called “A Summer Night” with ExBerliner Magazine. It is free to enter, and there are cash prizes for the winner and runners up. This very special writing competition is on the theme "A Summer Night". Sponsored by the wonderful Circus Hotel, Berlin and Jameson Irish Whiskey. Again--take note that the competition deadline is May 31st! More information can be found on The Reader Berlin website: http://thereaderberlin.com/competition/ 

If anyone has questions about the competition after looking at the guidelines, please don’t hesitate to contact CARLY at the email:  hello [at] thereaderberlin [dot] com

FOR MAY LISTINGS OF READINGS in PARIS, other calls for work, etc scroll down to more messages on this blog, or go directly to: 

03 May 2016

May 2016 Readings and Literary Events in Paris, France


IN PARIS IN May 2016 
(followed by some writing workshop listings & calls for work below)
(Updated 23 May 2016)

3rd May 19h30: IVY WRITERS PARIS invites you to a bilingual reading focused on the poetic autobiography. With authors Lisa Samuels, Claude Ber and Marielle Anselmo. At: Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris. Check into the Ivy blog for that at http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.fr/
3rd and 4th MAY: The American Library of Paris is delighted to welcome back the celebrated San Francisco theater company WORD FOR WORD that puts great American short stories on stage. Returning to Paris for the 21st year, Word for Word will perform two short stories on 3 and 4 May at 20h00 at the Théâtre Adyar. The first story is Emma Donoghue's "Night Vision," from The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits, about a young, blind Frances Browne who thrived on education when it was allowed her, and whose determination made her one of Ireland’s most renowned poets. The other story is Colm Tóibín's "Silence," from The Empty Family, which recreates the story of the transient and intense love-affair between Lady Gregory and the young poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt.  Reservations for tickets will begin on 4 April, with an online form available from the Library's website. The performance on Tuesday 3 May will be followed by a reception at the Library. Please note that all seating is on a first-come-first-served basis; there is no reserved seating.
5, 6 and 7 mai Musician Perry Leopard in a Un nouveau spectacle Cinémorphe : "Nineteen Twenty Sixteen: Unto the Valley of the Black Pig", au Centre culturel irlandais infos : facebook.com/Cinemorphe & www.cinemorphe.org

10 May SELF-ISH: A new women and trans open mic Sign up BEFOREHAND: https://eiram.typeform.com/to/oNjfOk Why? Because it’s about time we have a space of our own to express our-selves and share our stories. Anyone is invited to attend but the mic is exclusively open to women and trans* folk (see Q&A). So come along and share your poetry, songs, prose or performance: let’s be SELF-ISH! SELF-ISH is a bilingual English-French open mic. It will be hosted in English by Eiram Ourse. For more see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1566381513655853/?active_tab=highlights At Berkeley Books, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris

This event is sponsored by: FEMINISM. Performance starts at 8. The bookstore IS wheelchair accessible! There will be wine and juice.

11 mai à 19h Rencontre avec DIANE LAMOUREUX, de passage à Paris, pour la parution de son essai Les possibles du féminisme : agris sans “nous” (remue-ménage) AT : Violette et Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. Bus 46, 56, 76, 86. tél : 01 43 72 16 07   www.violetteandco.com/librairie/

12th May @19h   More Lives Than One Oscar Wilde and The Black Douglas Words Alive O announces this exciting play: Book in advance at theatre 01 46 34 61 04 Play in English at Théâtre de Nesle. 8 rue de Nesle 75006. No subtitles.
13th May @ 19h  Play "84 Charing Cross Road" by Helene Hanff link Words Alive O announces some Book in advance at theatre 01 46 34 61 04 Play in English at Théâtre de Nesle. 8 rue de Nesle 75006. No subtitles.

15 mai, 19h : Musician Perry Leopard in concert at Caballeros Simpàticos à
l'Angora Bastille, 3 bd Richard Lenoir, Paris 11 see the invite on FB at facebook.com/events/1309679092381496
18 mai à 19h Rencontre avec ELIANE VIENNOT pour la parution de son essai La France, les femmes et le pouvoir, vol. 3. Et la modernité fut masculine (1789-1815) (Perrin) AT : Violette et Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. Bus 46, 56, 76, 86. tél : 01 43 72 16 07   www.violetteandco.com/librairie/ 

21 mai de 14h à 16h Club de lecture de Violette and Co : Autoportrait en vert de Marie N’Diaye (Folio) AT : Violette et Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. Bus 46, 56, 76, 86. tél : 01 43 72 16 07   www.violetteandco.com/librairie/

22nd May  7pm reading starts promptly at 7:30 A Moving Parts playreading of a play by the wild and always unexpected   Gwyneth Hughes :   "False Premises" & "An Ounce of Truth"(stage) Programme subject to change Check the website for the latest version : www.movingparts.org.uk or send an e-mail to movingpartsparis at gmail.com For further information contact : Stephanie Campion on : 06 14 67 18 58 AT: "City 27", 27 cite industrielle, 75011 Paris : two minutes' walk from metro Voltaire (line 9) 
29th May: Sunday  POETRY AND PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL with readings and performances in English and French by authors linked to Versal Literary Journal out of Amsterdam, Upstairs at Duroc literary journal from Paris and Ivy Writers Paris reading series as well as the French collective performance group VEGA. AT: MUNDOLINGUA, 10 rue Servandoni, 75006 Paris. http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.fr for full information ! 
30 MAI, 14H30-16H30 Meet and hear MARTIN ESPADA. Un événement organisé par CREW (EA 4399), PRISMES (EA 4398), et le département du Monde Anglophone de l'Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.Organisateur/ices : Hélène Quanquin (CRAN/CREW), Clíona Ní Ríordáin (atelier POEM/PRISMES), Jim Cohen (CRAN/CREW), Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry (CRAN/CREW). Traducteurs/ices: Isabelle Genin, Yves Lefèvre, Tomás Pereira Ginet-Jaquemet. Contact : Hélène Quanquin (helene.quanquin@univ-paris3.fr) About Martín Espada
Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has been called “the Pablo Neruda of North American poets” by Sandra Cisneros. Espada is the author of almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poetry from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003)A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). His many honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and will be reissued in a new edition this fall. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. About Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Poems (W.W. Norton, 2016) In this collection of new poems, Espada gives voice to the spirit of endurance in the face of loss, articulating the transcendent vision of another, possible world. The heart of the collection lies in a series of ten poems about the death of the poet’s father, one of Whitman’s “numberless unknown heroes.” “El Moriviví” uses the metaphor of a plant that grows in Puerto Rico and the meaning of its name—“I died/I lived”—to celebrate the many lives of Frank Espada, community organizer, civil rights activist and documentary photographer, from a jailhouse in Mississippi to the streets of Brooklyn. In mourning, the son lyrically imagines his father’s return to a bay in Puerto Rico: “May the water glow blue as a hyacinth in your hands.”Other poems confront collective grief, and Espada does not shy away from discussing recent tragedy. He meditates on some of our country’s darkest periods, including moments of shocking violence such as the shootings of Michael Brown and Walter Scott, among others, by police, and the execution of American journalist Jim Foley—a former student of the poet—by ISIS. In the wake of the killings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, “Heal the Cracks in the Bell of the World” urges us to “melt the bullets into bells.” Yet, the collection is not without humor; the poet also revels in the absurd, recalling his dubious “career” as a Shakespearean actor in a brawling company, finding madness and tenderness in the crowd at Fenway Park. Espada defiantly subverts the definition of “those who have failed.” AT:
31 May 19h30: Ivy Writers Paris American Poetry Night with authors: Rebecca Seiferle, Amy Catanzano et Margaree Little!!! At Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris. M° Odéon, RER Luxembourg. See the bios of the authors at http://ivywriterparis.blogspot.fr


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(Saturdays): Spoken Word2 Open Secret Workshop: David Leo Sirois here (I have some groovy news! Le Bistrot des Artistes has agreed to host us & our workshop on a continuous basis...I am thrilled! smile emoticon As are those I have told, who royally enjoyed it last time, as I did. So, yes, 5:30 – 7:30pm, downstairs in the “cave” at Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais (off of Boulevard Saint Germain), métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4), a short walkfrom both. Please come, bring your own loveliness, & appoximately 10 copies of a piece of your writing (everything welcome - poetry, prose, song, translations...). We will kindly & brilliantly support each other through our feedback. As an appetizer, we'll discuss a great poem by Mark Strand called "Always" Afterward, we can stick around for a drink together, or go to see some sweet Samba music (involving our SpokenWord/Open Secret friend John Hicks, a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist): http://www.mistura-fina.com/?page_id=5

THEATER WORDS ALIVE WORKSHOP Samedis 17h-19h Atelier Improvisation to Text in English (Intermediate)  75001.  Explore Improvisation Techniques  Inscription obligatoire wordsaliveo@gmail.com  06 37 66 27 98  Atelier d’essai 13€ Tarif réduit pour participants aux autres cours 15€. Next Workshop Saturday 2nd April.  
WORDS ALIVE Theater Workshops Wednesdays Intermediate  20h15-21h45  Weekly class for anglophones with an intermediate level & end-year presentation.   Pré-inscription obligatoire  wordsaliveo@gmail.com  /06 37 66 27 98

THE Paris Writers’ Workshop: SUMMER (SIGN UP NOW and apply for grants!) WRITE IN PARIS, one of the most world inspiring cities Join Paris Writers Workshop the internationally acclaimed English-language creative writing program which will be held June 26-July 1, 2016 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris Left Bank.  Master class morning workshops led by award winning authors in novel, short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction, Ayana Mathis, Michele Huneven, Nahid Rachlin and Marilyn Hacker. PWW offers both freedom and rigor with intensive five day teaching with 12 students maximum in each course with teachers individual consultations. Afternoon panel and evening readings. New and established writers are welcome to join our international community. wwwpariswritersworkshop.com.

publications, calls for work and MORE!
(More to come soon!!!)

Bill Tremblay’s new book is out: Walks Along the Ditch. See back cover for what Joe Hutchinson and Chard diNiord say. This is Tremblay’s 9th collection of poetry: See full info and purchase at http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/TREWAL.html
Sea Summit, a book of translations of contemporary Chinese woman poet and theater scenographer Yi Lu, is out from Milkweed, including a foreword by Melissa Kwasny: http://milkweed.org/shop/product/381/

SEEKING ARTICLES Secrets of Paris (www.secretsofparis.com) is seeking article pitches from experienced journalists based in Paris for investigative pieces or long-form news features on serious local topics including social justice, the environment, laws affecting the travel industry or expatriates, etc. Pay is negotiated on a per article basis, from €50-€300. Please send pitches and/or your CV and links to published work to secretsofparis@gmail.com.  

Submit now to TALLISH issue of PURE SLUSH vol 11: Your submission
• can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose;
• must be original, so previously unpublished online or in print (so that includes authors’ websites and blogs);
• must be 500 words maximum;
• must somehow incorporate ‘tall’. This can be as simple as including the word ‘tall’, or making it a major theme or subject. As always, we are flexible with how writers interpret this theme, but ‘tall’ must be included somehow. Submissions close 5th May 2016. If you wish to be involved or have questions, please email edpureslush@live.com.au Please submit your stories with Tall / Story Title / Word Length in Submission Title by clicking here For other topics re submitting and rights etc, click here.