Jun 062017
 

Pyriform Press invites you to take the Nerve Lantern Challenge: Round Robin Hood

This time the Challenge is about collaboration and metamorphosis in the spirit of Exquisite Corpse—with a special emphasis on environmental, social justice, and civil rights activism.

Step One: Submit up to five unpublished poems (10-50 lines each, or 200-500 words if a prose poem) for consideration. Also submit one polyvocal performance text that showcases your best writing for performance. It will not be published in Nerve Lantern but will serve as an example of what you can write and will affect whether one of your poems is accepted. Special consideration will be given to poems that in some way express environmental, social justice, or civil rights activism—e.g. to protest social injustice, call for change to help others or our planet, illuminate personal experience of injustice or oppression, celebrate diversity, etc., as long as the poem does not promote violence or cruelty. Complexity and innovation in form/language are welcome. Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017.

Step Two: If one of your poems is accepted, your poem will be given to another participant in the Challenge to transform into a poets theater piece. You will receive a poem from a different participant. Write a new poets theater piece, inspired by the poem you received and incorporating as many phrases from the poem as you can thoughtfully collage. The poets theater piece must be for more than one voice, the best writing you can muster, and 1-5 pages long. Special kudos for retaining and reinforcing any activist theme. Complexity and innovation in form/language are welcome. Submission Deadline: February 1, 2018 (but the sooner the better).

Step Three: If your performance text is in good order, it will be given to another participant in the Challenge to be performed. You will receive a poets theater piece from a different participant. Get your friends together and perform this piece in a public space (indoors or outdoors). You can add costumes, props, music, movement, etc. to the piece as long as your intent is to honor the text. Have a friend video this performance. The video can be low-tech, as on a smart phone, but feel free to edit the video if you think that’s wise. How to submit the video will be discussed at the time. Special congratulations for harnessing any activist theme in the performance—via how you manifest the text, where you perform it, and which audience you reach. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018 (but the sooner the better).

Step Four: As long as the editor finds them acceptable, all winning poems, poets theater pieces, and videos of performances will be published on the Pyriform Press website as an online issue of Nerve Lantern. In further appreciation, the editor will give each participant one free copy chosen from available past issues of Nerve Lantern.

Email your submission of poems and an example performance text (Word doc or pdf; include your name, email address, mailing address, bio, and a brief statement of interest) to Ellen Redbird. Find her email link here: www.pyriformpress.com/contact/

Notes: Poetry judges are yet to be determined. The Challenge will only go ahead if we can find at least three participants.

For more info about Nerve Lantern, visit www.pyriformpress.com/nervelantern/

Please share this call for submissions. In the spirit of Robin Hood: The more the merrier!


 

Dec 072014
 

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You can now watch online video clips of the Nerve Lantern show An Afternoon of Sparking Poetry on

Vimeo & YouTube!

See poets’ theater performances written by

Joel Allegretti
Allan Andre
Michelle DuPré
Kim Essex
Aimee Herman
Kris Lew
Magus Magnus
John J. Trause

The show An Afternoon of Sparking Poetry was performed on July 19, 2014 in New York City at Medicine Show Theatre as part of its Word/Play series of writers’ readings (made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency). Co-organized by Kris Lew (also the MC) and Ellen Redbird, this show celebrated work by Nerve Lantern contributors.

Performers: Joel Allegretti, Allan Andre, Maggie Dubris, Michelle DuPré, Trae Durica, Kim Essex, Aimee Herman, Kris Lew, Magus Magnus, and John J. Trause.

Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/nervelanternshow2014

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzw8JHXWJh9ez4Skm8yGzVg

Website: www.pyriformpress.com

Jul 142014
 

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Join us for

An Afternoon of Sparking Poetry

Featuring work by Nerve Lantern contributors:
Joel Allegretti, Allan Andre, Michelle DuPré, Kim Essex, Aimee Herman, Kris Lew, Magus Magnus, & John J. Trause

Performed by the contributors plus:
Maggie Dubris & Trae Durica

Biographies

3pm Saturday, July 19, 2014

Co-organized by Kris Lew & Ellen Redbird

Hosted by:

Medicine Show Theater
549 West 52nd St. 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019

Tickets $7

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440048482939100/

Copies of Nerve Lantern will be on sale for a sliding scale of $5-$7 (cash only) after the show! That’s a $3-$5 discount! Along with Nerve Lantern, there will be books by the featured poet-performers available for purchase after the show.

Update: Unfortunately, Dennis Leroy Kangalee and his performers are no longer able to appear in the show.

Note from Medicine Show Theatre: *This program is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.*

Jul 092014
 

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Join us for

An Afternoon of Sparking Poetry

Featuring work by Nerve Lantern contributors:
Joel Allegretti, Allan Andre, Michelle DuPré, Kim Essex, Aimee Herman, Kris Lew, Magus Magnus, & John J. Trause

Performed by the contributors plus:
Maggie Dubris & Trae Durica

Biographies

3pm Saturday, July 19, 2014

Co-organized by Kris Lew & Ellen Redbird

Hosted by:

Medicine Show Theater
549 West 52nd St. 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019

Tickets $7

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440048482939100/

Update: Unfortunately, Dennis Leroy Kangalee and his performers are no longer able to appear in the show.

**This program is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.**

Jun 262014
 

NLShowPosterJuly19

Join us for

An Afternoon of Sparking Poetry

Featuring work by Nerve Lantern contributors:
Joel Allegretti, Allan Andre, Michelle DuPré, Kim Essex, Aimee Herman, Dennis Leroy Kangalee, Kris Lew, Magus Magnus, & John J. Trause

Performed by the contributors plus:
Maggie Dubris, Trae Durica, Gregory Kage, Mizan Kirby, & Sausan Machari

Biographies

3pm Saturday, July 19, 2014

Co-organized by Kris Lew & Ellen Redbird

Hosted by:

Medicine Show Theater
549 West 52nd St. 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019

Tickets $7

**This program is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.**

Jan 092014
 

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You can now watch online video clips of the show By Light of the Nerve Lantern on

Vimeo & YouTube!

See poetry-filled performances written by

Joel Allegretti
Jessica Hagemann
Kim Essex
Kris Lew
John J. Trause

The show By Light of the Nerve Lantern was performed on March 18, 2013 at La MaMa Experiemental Theater Club in New York City. It was hosted by William Electric Black via his Poetry Electric series. Co-organized by Dennis Leroy Kangalee, Kris Lew (also the MC), and Ellen Redbird, this show celebrated the release of Nerve Lantern issue 6, which was the revival issue after an eight-year publishing hiatus.

Performers: Joel Allegretti, Amy Barone, Caroline Contillo, Maggie Dubris, Kim Essex, Davidson Garrett, Aimee Herman, David Lawton, Kris Lew, LuLu LoLo, Todd Pate, John J. Trause, and volunteers from the audience.

Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/bylightofthenervelantern

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzw8JHXWJh9ez4Skm8yGzVg

Enjoy!

Feb 252013
 

Announcing a Nerve Lantern performance at La MaMa in New York City!

By Light of the Nerve Lantern

Join us for a night of dynamic poetry to celebrate the release of
Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature issue 6!

Featuring performances by:
Joel Allegretti / Kim Essex / Jessica Hagemann
Dennis Leroy Kangalee / Kris Lew / Patrick Scanlon / John J. Trause

Also performing:
Everton Armstrong / Amy Barone / Caroline Contillo / Maggie Dubris
Davidson Garrett / Aimee Herman / David Lawton / LuLu LoLo / Todd Pate

Biographies

March 18, 2013
8pm

At the Club, La MaMa
74 East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York City
212.475.7710

http://lamama.org/

Hosted by the Poetry Electric series with William Electric Black in collaboration with Ellen Redbird and Dennis Leroy Kangalee.

Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors/students

Nerve Lantern is a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, supporting a range of forms including poets’ theatre and page-as-stage. Published by Pyriform Press and edited by Ellen Redbird. Copies of Nerve Lantern and other books by the contributors will be available for purchase after the show.

Nerve Lantern is now accepting submissions to issue 7!

To learn about and participate in our growing performance writing community, visit:

www.pyriformpress.com/nervelantern