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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Robert Gibbons featured at Go Cat Go, May 14th, in Yorkville, NYC



Monday, May 14th


6:45 PM - 9 PM


Peter Chelnik's GO-CAT-GO! Poetry Event
~featuring~


ROBERT GIBBONS

@


Gracie's Corner Diner

352 E 86th St

(between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)\

New York, NY 10028

Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Upper East Side

(212) 737-8505


FREE!  Open Mic for Poetry


your food/beverage purchase helps support the venue


Robert Gibbons, originally from Belle Glade (Palm Beach County) Florida, is an actor, model, musician, educator, writer and spoken word artist.  His work has been published widely online and in print in places like Cartier Street Review, Nomad's Choir, Stained Sheets, and The Palm Beach Post, appearing in several anthologies, Dinner With the Muse, The Anthology of the Green Pavilion Poetry Event, ed. Evie Ivy (Ra Rays Press, 2009), The Brownstone Poets, ed. by Patricia Carragon and hell strung and crooked, eds. Jane Ormerod, Ice Gayle Johnson, Brant Lyon, Tom Fucalora (Uphook Press, 2011).

A popular performance poet he has been featured for Kairo's Cafe at the Church of the Village, Saturn Series at Nightingale Cafe, Poets on White at Space on White, and at The Cornelia Street Cafe, among other venues.

He received his B.S. in History from  Florida A&M University in Tallahassee in 1989. Robert has taught in the Palm Beach County School District; the Prince George’s County School District; the Fairfax County School District; and now works as an English Specialist for the Renaissance Charter High School of Innovation of East Harlem (Manhattan), New York City.

Robert has studied poetry at Cave Canem and the 92Y with master poets Cornelius Eady, Marilyn Nelson, KImiko Hahn, Nathalie Handal, and Linda Susan Jackson.

 

Peter Chelnik

Publisher/Editor Roxanne writes a little bit about the host of Go Cat Go!:

Peter Chelnik is responsible for getting me to read my work in public.  In 2003 I went to hear him read at The Back Fence at Dee Anne Gorman's invitation.  I had never met him before. There was this big burly "all-American" guy at the mic wearing his trademark Pendleton plaid wool shirt, baseball cap, glasses, mustache. reading list poems and what lists he read.  It sounded like jazz rants. No music.  But he was making music with his words.And his words were filled with American people and American scenes. big and real just like him. He was terrific.  Then after the reading broke up, Bridgid Murnagham, reading curator and our waitress for the day, dragged Dee and me on to the stage to read from our notebooks while Chelnik, along with his brother and nephew cheered us on.

We became fast friends, and Herb and I had the pleasure of publishing a chapbook of his poetry,  "Paradise Highway," four years later in 2007.

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