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Bronx Voices

ArtsyfartsymoiOkay, deep breath . . .  it looks like this thing is actually gonna get off the ground. Bronx Voices is a group of performers, poets, songwriters, rappers, singers, actors, teachers and whomever else we can drag onto the stage. It started with something one of my fellow profs, D.L. Anderson, called the Poetry Jam in a room at the South Bronx campus of the College of New Rochelle. I contributed a poem and then got chatting with D.L. about how to make the voices of the students we were teaching, and their mind-boggling stories, heard in public.I'd already thought about putting together an anthology of their work when D.L. mentioned the same thing to me. We got together with a few of them and D.L.'s vision of a performance piece and, well, Bronx Voices was born.

Fundraisingflyer_3 Our first performance is coming up (click for larger view or download the flyer).
Most of all, come to our show. We're dirt poor, like most new and struggling organizations and we need some seed money besides mine and D.L.'s, especially since neither of us have a lot of dough to go around.D.L.'s daughter just started college and well, I'm a freelancer and an adjunct. Right now we're doing this purely for love, and out of the belief that the people we're working with need to be heard.

If you can't come, but you're interested in donating, I've got a Paypal account that will make it extremely easy for you, and your donation will be tax deductible now that we've joined The Field.

Every little bit helps. But we'd really like to see you sitting in a seat at the Arc Light come December 9th.

Just coincidentally, this is my 100th post on this blog, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that fact. Poetry is such a huge part of my life, and teaching is becoming so again, so that makes this post double relevant.

The Field is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community. Contributions made to The Field and earmarked for Bronx Voices or Voices From the Five are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field contact: The Field, 161 Sixth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10013 (212) 691-6969; fax: (212) 255-2053, www.thefield.org

A copy of The Field's latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from The Field or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

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