Oct 13, 2020

Poetry Electric: NYC NOW

Curated by William Electric Black

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Here in the western world’s greatest city, six diverse poets examine New York City now.

In these challenging times, join La MaMa to hear much needed words of urban strength, survival and celebration.

Helixx C. Armageddon Kyle DacuyanBenjamin Keating
Mary ReillyIlka ScobieArden Wohl


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Helixx C. Armageddon is a performance artist, lyricist, poet, and music producer. She is a founding member of The Anomolies, a gender justice hip-hop collective, formed in 1995. Helixx has performed in notable venues around New York City including Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Hammerstein Ballroom, Gene Frankel Theatre, Howl! Happening and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Currently, she is working on an experimental spoken word album and is based in the East Village.

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Kyle Dacuyan writes poems and makes performance. Recent writing has appeared in Ambit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Offing, Social Text, and elsewhere. He is the Executive Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s.

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Born in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Benjamin Keating is an artist and poet. He works in Jersey City and Brooklyn, where he lives with his family.

Mary Reilly

Mary Reilly is a poet and translator living in New York. Her work has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Bowery Women, and Soulages: A Century; and she is the recipient of fellowships from the Beesen and LeClerc Foundations for her research on and translations of contemporary French poetry. A curator at Lévy Gorvy since 2018, Reilly heads the gallery’s poetry program, commissioning poems for the exhibition catalogues and running a reading and talk series.

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Native New Yorker Ilka Scobie taught poetry in the city school system for decades. Recent work appears in ACIA, Positive Magnets, Poetry in Performance and the anthology Resist Much/Obey Little. She writes for London Artlyst and LiveMag.

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Arden Wohl is a poet, artist, and designer working widely across disciplines and communities. Her work has been shared in Live Mag, The Recluse, among others and in events at The Hole, La MaMa, and Recess, Poetry Project among other places, and she has also organized events at 56 Henry. She holds a degree in Film & Television Studies from NYU Tisch and has shared short films in connection with The Art Production Fund. As a board member of GEMS, junior board member of Tibet House, and as an advocate for a range of causes, she helps to build bridges between artists, writers, and activists moving through a breadth of fields and practices. A proud lifelong New Yorker with Jewish heritage, Arden lives with her husband and son in the East Village of NYC.

Poetry Electric


The Poetry Electric fuses music, movement, sound, and dance with the spoken word and presents artists working in a wide range of styles including beatboxing, jazz and hip-hop theatre. This series has presented over 200 emerging poets from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Online Happenings


Presented by La MaMa and CultureHub, La MaMa is exploring ways to respond creatively to a situation that is potentially changing how we gather as a community in our theatres. La MaMa is working with CultureHub to provide online streaming of select productions and events on Howlround Theatre Commons.

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