September 2: Poetry Cabaret
Story by LEAH SHAPIRO | Photo by JERRY NELSON
Often, incidental music that accompanies spoken poetry provides continuity between otherwise dissimilar realms. On Sunday, September 2, the Altamont Theatre in downtown Asheville hosts “Poetry Cabaret,” which features the eclectic performances of over ten poets and the complementary music of duo Vendetta Crème.
Sip on wine in this black box theatre as you enjoy talented artists each animate 2-3 pieces of written word. The multi-layered selection for this evening is not constrained by one theme, but rather includes a wide-range of topics and styles, including translations from non-American works as well as original pieces by James McKay, David Hopes, Griffin Payne, Caleb Beissert, Eric Steineger, Pasckie Pascua, Jeremy Rice, Barbie Angell, Kevin Evans, Ekua Adisa, Mike Cook, and others.
An award-winning slam poet and local instructor who recently returned to Asheville after teaching English in Paris, Griffin Payne, explains, “I will be performing mostly new works that span the gamut from queer issues to poems that recount my many experiences working with young people in and out of the school system." Other performers have also experienced overseas cultures, including Pasckie, a Phillipine-native who backpacked through four continents. James currently resides in the London borough of Newham and traces his poetic roots back to the time he spent studying at Oxford.
Griffin remarks on the diversity of the poets’ performances and the great significance such versatility has on both those who create the message and those who interpret it: “In the spirit of giving space to many voices, I deeply appreciate the opportunity to add performance poetry into the mix of a lineup that features mostly page-poets. This diversity of style and presentation is just as important for the poetry community as it is for the audience that will be present.” Come and absorb the energy of these talented performers—just be sure to throw it right back.
Show is at 8:00 p.m.; doors open at 7:00 p.m. A donation of $8 will be collected at the door with student discounts available. The Altamont Theatre is located at 18 Church Street in downtown Asheville. For more information call 828.348.5327 or visit online at myaltamont.com.