On Monday, Sept. 12, Fordham’s Poets Out Loud will launch its new season with a New York City-themed reading by poets Patricia Spears Jones and Edwin Torres.
Spears Jones, co-editor for Ordinary Women: Poems of New York City Women, was born and raised in Arkansas. She moved to New York City in the mid-1970s and has actively participated in the city’s poetry and theatre communities, notably as former program coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.
Edwin Torres, a first-generation Puerto Rican who grew up in New York City, got his start in the 1990s at the Lower East Side’s Nuyorican Poets Café, where he created the “Poets Neurotica,” dance-poetry-music performances. He has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, New York Magazine and on PBS’ Charlie Rose. His work mingles poetry with theatre, music, sound and physical improvisation.
The readings are free and open to the public. They start at 7 p.m. on Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus, in the Lowenstein Center 12th Floor Lounge.
POL was founded in 1992 by faculty, students and alumni to offer a series of poetry readings in the Lincoln Center area. Later this year, POL will stage a 20th year anniversary reading in the Lowenstein atrium.