LitCrawl Manhattan: Literary Masquerade – Sept 13, 8pm – presented by the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

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Literary Masquerade

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop hosts a literary masquerade with writers and performance artists Gregory Crosby, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Jonah Kruvant, Elizabeth Devlin, Rita Banerjee, and Nicole Colbert. Original readings and performances will be intermingled with musings on masks from Pessoa, Kierkegaard, Descartes, Dickinson, de Beer, and more. There will be masks. There will be libations. There will be paint and skin.  Join us at LitCrawl Manhattan.

SAT.  SEPTEMBER 13 * 8:15 p.m.
One Mile House, 10 Delancey St., NY, NY 10002

Gregory Crosby is the author of the chapbook Spooky Action at a Distance (2014, The Operating System); his poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Court Green, Epiphany, Copper Nickel, Leveler, Sink Review, Ping Pong, & Rattle. In 2002, as a poetry consultant to the City of Las Vegas, he was instrumental in the creation of the Lewis Avenue Poets Bridge, a public art project in downtown Las Vegas. His dedicatory poem for the project, “The Long Shot,” was subsequently reproduced in bronze and installed in the park, and was included in the 2008 anthology Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State (University of Nevada Press). He is co-editor of the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre and currently teaches creative writing at Lehman College, City University of New York.

Diana Norma Szokolyai is a writer/performance artist/educator. She teaches 9-12 year-olds in a Montessori learning environment, and is also Artistic Director of Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, where she teaches and organizes writing and yoga retreats for adult writers. She is author of the poetry collections Parallel Sparrows (honorable mention for Best Poetry Book in the 2014 Paris Book Festival) and Roses in the Snow (first runner-up Best Poetry Book at the 2009 DIY Book Festival). She has poetry forthcoming in the anthologies The Highwaymen NYC Annual # 2 and Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History and has also had her fiction, essays, and poetry published in The Fiction Project, Lyre Lyre, The Boston Globe, Dr. Hurley’s Snake Oil Cure, and Always Wondering, among others. She performs with Parallel Sonic, ChagallPAC, and the Brooklyn Soundpainting Ensemble.

Elizabeth Devlin is a modern day renaissance woman, if not composing music for the solo, autoharp wielding, singer-songwriter act, ELIZABETH DEVLIN, she can be found crafting Illustrations/Graphi¬cs at DEVLIN DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION, playing electric bass and singing as front woman for Brooklyn based rock band, VALVED VOICE, or curating a fresh new line-up for the THE HIGHWAYMEN NYC, a Brooklyn based, monthly, poetry reading series that meets on the full moon.

Rita Banerjee is a writer, and received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. She holds an MFA in Poetry and her writing has been published in Poets for Living Waters, The New Renaissance, The Fiction Project, Jaggery, The Crab Creek Review, The Dudley Review, Objet d’Art, Vox Populi, Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure, and Chrysanthemum among other journals. Her first collection of poems,Cracklers at Night, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010 and received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book at the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Book Festival. Her novella, A Night with Kali, was digitized by the Brooklyn Art-house Co-op in 2011. She is a co-director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, and her writing has been recently featured on HER KIND by VIDA: Women in Literary Artsand on KBOO Radio’s APA Compass in Portland, Oregon.

Jonah Kruvant is a writer, teacher, and student of the world. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, his Master’s degree in Teaching from Fordham University, and his MFA degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College. After living abroad in four different countries, Jonah settled in New York. The Last Book Ever Written is his first novel. Visit his website at www.jonahk.net.

Nicole Colbert (“Harlequin Loves Columbine”) teaches English at Kingsborough Community College-CUNY. She takes fiction writing classes with Rachel Sherman in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Her non-fiction work, including interviews & reviews, has appeared in the Village Voice, Park Slope Reader, and New York Spirit Magazine. As a former dancer and choreographer, she still enjoys performing. She is the proud mother of two very creative children.

CWW’s Diana Norma Szokolyai Gives Poetry Reading in Woodstock, NY

Last Monday, Cambridge Writers’ Workshop’s Executive Artistic Director, Diana Norma Szokolyai read alongside many seasoned poets at the Harmony Café in Woodstock, NY.  After a short picnic and musical session by the side of the beautiful Cooper Lake, saxophonist Dennis Shafer and Diana Norma went into Woodstock and really enjoyed the night of poetry.  Among the luminaries were Donald Lev and beat poet Andy Clausen, a friend of Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg.  Here are some photos and a video of Diana Norma’s dual language poem, Hullám/Wave.

Watch a Video of the Hullám/Wave performance on YouTube:
Reading at Harmony, Café, Woodstock, NYHarmony Café Poetry Reading in Woodstock, NY

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Pre-Thanksgiving Yoga & Creative Writing Cleanse

tumblr_mveyk4T1ZD1ris3y8o1_500Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Elissa Lewis, and Jonah Kruvant will be teaching at the Cambridge Writer’s Workshop Pre-Thanksgiving Creative Writing & Yoga Cleanse on at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio Manhattan’s East Village.  The creative writing & yoga weekend will take place on Saturday November 23 and Sunday November 24 from 2-4pm at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala (295 E 8th Street & Avenue B, New York, NY 1009).  Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, and Jonah Kruvant will teach on playing with odradeks, developing creative writing manifestos, and will feature a variety of in-class writing exercises while Elissa Lewis will teach two hours of intensive introductory and advanced yoga to participants. So before reuniting with family and letting the holidays get underway, treat yourself to a weekend of creativity, yoga, writing, and raw juice cleanses, and transform your mind, body, and page! Registration is now open at: cww.submittable.com

Digital Americana: The Missing Atomic Scientist

tumblr_mqn6rotnG41ris3y8o1_500The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and Armchair/Shotgun, an excellent literary magazine from New York, were recently featured in the Summer 2013 “Consume” issue of Digital Americana for their radio-play performance of “Roy Rogers: The Missing Atomic Scientist”:

This double issue of includes much more content than 99¢ should allow—moving from the intimacy of boiling bones to a mother’s honey, to a series of visual poems from the prolifically avant-garde Richard Kostelanetz, and much more.  Included in this is also the second installment of our author self-interview series (made possible by the lovely and gracious novelist, Ashley Warlick), as a well as a Consumed series of original illustrations from contemporary Seattle artist, Levi Hastings. And we’re also proud to have published a new piece of multimedia: the audio to a full-length radio drama featuring American icon, Roy Rogers (which was performed brilliantly by a full ensemble cast).  We also continue our investigation into the convergence of literature and media with an interview with the winner of the 2013 Transmedia Project of the Year. And after seeing what this type of multimedia future holds, we can assure you that there will definitely be no shortage of things to consume or create—only the further blurring of the lines that separate the things we consume from the things that consume us.  Radio Drama Credits: Gregory Crosby, John Cusick, Cayla Buettner, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Jonah Kruvant, Max March Steinman, J.E. Reich, Dennis Shafer, Eck Sierra, Jake Rudin, Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, Armchair/Shotgun

http://thedigitalamericana.com/issues/index.html

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Literary Cabaret (Brooklyn Lit Crawl 2012)

thumb_19052012On May 19, 2012, the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop hosted a Literary Cabaret at the inaugural Brooklyn Lit Crawl. The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Literary Cabaret took place at 6 pm at Ceol Bar in Brooklyn and featured performances and readings by writers Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, Gregory Crosby, and Leah Umansky. Audience members were also joined in the dramatic performances! The CWW Literary Cabaret received some wonderful press and was written about in Time Out New York, the PEN American Center, the Village Voice, and the NY Daily News!