Thursday, October 9, 2014

October News - The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series

The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series Newsletter - October 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS:


1) NO LONGER A NONPROFIT

2) BACK TO ONE VENUE-ONCE A MONTH

3) YOUTUBE UPDATES OF LAST MONTHS FEATURES: MALEKA FRUEAN & PHOENIX MYSTIQUE

4) THIS MONTH'S FEATURE(S): RENEE BESS AT BIG BLUE MARBLE BOOKSTORE THURS/9TH

5) NEXT MONTH'S FEATURE(S): VICTORIA BROWNWORTH & LISA NELSON

6) UPCOMING: DECEMBER: PHYLLIS VOREN & TBA / JANUARY: DEBRA D'ALESSANDRO & TBA

7) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEATURED READERS WANTED

8) CONNECT WITH US ONLINE


CONTENTS:

1) NO LONGER A NONPROFIT
Greetings, Friends, and welcome to a new edition of the newsletter of The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series!
My name is Cassendre Xavier, and I'm the founder, curator, and current host of the Series, very pleased to be greeting you now (smiling).
 Here are some updates for you, beginning with the fact that we have very pleasantly ended our partnership with the Moonstone arts organization. It just feels like the nonprofit model is something more for other folks than for us at this time. The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series has, as of August 14, 2014, once again returned to for-profit, commercial status, as a project of Cassendre Xavier Enterprises, as it has always been prior to our experiment with the nonprofit model. As always, we are friends with Moonstone and if it should ever be a match, we'll be very happy to try again. For now, though, I'm excited about navigating the arts world as a business that I'm accustomed to and very enjoy running - which isn't nonprofit. Thank you for all your support either way over the years!

2) BACK TO ONE VENUE-ONCE A MONTH
We were excited to have a 2nd venue, the Walnut Street West Library branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and received nothing but the best and most professional assistance from setting the appointments to realizing it wasn't going to work out as planned. We found the Monday 5:30pm-7:30pm time slot we were given to be too difficult to secure featured readers. I still very highly recommend that branch of the Free Library, and am also a Friend of Walnut Street West Library, which is always open to new members! 
 So, while it was exciting to announce that the Series was "Now Regional & Multiple Venue!) we're back to one venue, and with my current work schedule, I'm sticking to that for the time being. So, on 2nd Thursdays from 7pm-9pm, the Series meets at Big Blue Marble, a lovely and vibrant community bookstore in beautiful Mt. Airy, Philadelphia! We hope you come see us there soon, if not to feature, but to participate in our Mixed-Gender Open Mic, or just to watch, listen, and enjoy!

3) YOUTUBE UPDATES OF LAST MONTHS FEATURES: MALEKA FRUEAN & PHOENIX MYSTIQUE
We just uploaded 2 new videos, one of Maleka Fruean featuring (http://youtu.be/jj8S8adPNwE), and one of Phoenix Mystique (http://youtu.be/0s0990kSvUQ) who both featured last month at Big Blue Marble. 
Our original channel  (https://www.youtube.com/womenswritingseries) will be updated soon with new videos.

ABOUT MALEKA FRUEAN
Maleka Fruean is an unfurling of motherhood, writing, and community. She's read in communal houses and venues all throughout Philadelphia and has had her poetry and flash fiction published in journals with cool names. This year she helped work on a midnight imagining, baked a blueberry pie from scratch, wrote a witchy folk song, and took place in an amazing writing workshop for women writers of color. She's currently working on a collection of short stories. For more about Maleka, please visit: http://malekafruean.com/ 

ABOUT PHOENIX MYSTIQUE
Phoenix Mystique is a wearer of many hats. She is a singer/songwriter/poet/mother/knitter/self-taught baker & cook – not necessarily in that order! She has been honing her performance skills for years and has performed at The Clef Club, October Gallery, The Art Sanctuary, 7165 Lounge, Sole II Sole Restaurant, Soulstock Music Festival and at various coffeehouse / lounge gatherings and community festivals. Phoenix is currently reemerging in the performance realm, after a hiatus to concentrate on the birth of her second daughter in February, and is now poising herself to reach new heights of artistic expression. Phoenix is also preparing to enter training to become a certified doula, as her other interests lie in women's health & activism. So all in all she can sing you a song, bake you a cake, knit you a scarf, stir your soul with a poem and (soon) help you birth your baby…all while raising hers! STAY TUNED!!! For more about Phoenix, please visit www.facebook.com/thepmystique,www.soundcloud.com/thepmystique
, and/or www.facebook.com/phoenixrisingearthknits.

4) THIS MONTH'S FEATURE(S): RENEE BESS AT BIG BLUE MARBLE BOOKSTORE THURS/9TH

Thurs October 9, 2014, 7:00pm
Hosted by Cassendre Xavier
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215-844-1870
Free, open to the public.
Includes Mixed-Gender Open Mic!

Greetings, Friends!

You are invited to another exciting edition of the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in beautiful Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

This month features writer Renee Bess.

ABOUT RENEE BESS:
S. Renée Bess is a Philadelphia bred former high school teacher, who has been writing fiction, in one form or another, for many years. Her short stores have been published in the "Labyrinth Newspaper", Piece of My Heart, A Lesbian of Colour Anthology, and Ma-Ka Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writings by Queers of African Descent. She is thrilled to have had the opportunity to publish her novels. Renée is dedicated to the act of writing about African-American lesbians.
"It's important for us to tell our own stories because we need to affirm our right to exist in the world and in the body of lesbian and gay literature...many times we are not only invisible to the non-black gay and lesbian community. We are invisible to each other."

All books available for purchase in print and in e-book formats from:
www.barnesandnoble.com; www.queerbooks.com; and booksellers nationwide.
For more about Renee Bess, please visit http://reneebess.com/author.html

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Treat yourself and be there with us!
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5) NEXT MONTH'S FEATURE(S): VICTORIA BROWNWORTH & LISA NELSON
We are very excited to announce that next month's featured readers will be Victoria Brownworth (Bio: Bio | Victoria Brownworth) and Lisa R. Nelson. More author bios coming soon! 
Thurs November 13, 2014, 7:00pm
Hosted by Cassendre Xavier
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215-844-1870
Free, open to the public.
Includes Mixed-Gender Open Mic!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bio | Victoria Brownworth
Victoria Brownworth is a journalist, writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She's published nearly 30 books as both author and editor, has been anthologized
Preview by Yahoo
 
 

6) UPCOMING: DECEMBER: PHYLLIS VOREN & TBA / JANUARY: DEBRA D'ALESSANDRO & TBA
December 11th will feature comic/writer/event host Phyllis Voren and SheWho singing group member/writer/longtime WXPN Amazon Country radio host Debra D'Alessandro. More writer bios and info coming soon!

7) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEATURED READERS WANTED
We are seeking features for the forthcoming Series events... 
The Series is on 2nd Thursdays at Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Mt. Airy Philadelphia, 7pm-9pm. Free, open to the public, always includes Mixed-Gender Open Mic.
 We like to book 2 readers of differing: ethnicity, sexual orientation, spiritual belief, and/or performance style. Ideally, there is always one woman of color and one LGBT woman. 
Submissions info: Please send:

~ A 200 maximum word bio about your writing. It can be written in a style that's as serious or as whimsical as you wish.
~ A pic attachment of yourself - face is best.
~ Public contact info (URLs of blog, website, Facebook, email address, etc.) This will be included at the end of your bio.
~ Answer to this question: May the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series record a short video of you (1 to 5 minutes) to post publicly on YouTube/the internet?
~ Please email your bio, pic, public contact info, consent or no consent, and your date(s) of availability for video to: WomensWritingSeries(at)yahoo(dot)com AND cxwriting(at)gmail(dot)com

8) CONNECT WITH US ONLINE 
Please sign our official email list. This will subscribe you to our newsletter and other updates: Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WomensWritingSeries, or send a blank email to: womenswritingseries-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. If you are on Cassendre Xavier's email list, no need to sign up here!

You can LIKE us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/WomensWritingSeries

Our email address is: WomensWritingSeries(at)yahoo(dot)com (surely by now you know to replace (at) with the "@" symbol? (Smiling!)
 
 

In art and community,

Cassendre Xavier
Founder, Curator & Host of The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002)

Facts that haven't changed since the beginning: The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series is "a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing." Features are from diverse backgrounds, at all levels of accomplishment as writers, and readings include a Mixed-Gender Open Mic! 
Links that change over the years: Visit us at http://WomensWritingSeries.org and view our archives athttp://bit.ly/1mZZVIl
Current address for snail mail submissions: C. Xavier/Women's Writing Series, 4530 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143-3705.
The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series is a project of Cassendre Xavier Enterprises.
  
[Images: Renee Bess; Cassendre Xavier by Channelle Washington; Maleka Fruean; Phoenix Mystique; Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series official logo by Amira Hanafi. All used with permission and copyright of respective creators.]


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