Poetry Barn is delighted to present five bright new stars rising on the poetry horizon! Ryan Clinesmith is particularly interested in using art to empower communities in need. Xandra Selene hosts a lively bi-weekly open mic at Broadway Arts Gallery in Kingston, where BadStanza, Arianna White, and Nick Carroll frequently grace the stage, enriching Kingston’s new Midtown Arts District (MAD). Join us!
An open mic follows. If you have poems, songs, stories, to share, you are warmly welcome to sign up before the reading.
BadStanza is an ageless, Earth-born poet, and a tempest of anxiety and fear. He thinks you look nice today, and loves you very much.
Ryan Clinesmith is a teacher in New York City and works with the Poetry Barn. He is inspired by social dissonance and the ripples on the Hudson river. He believes poetry is the expression of self, and so the cathartic mechanism for change through understanding.
Nick Carroll, like most teenage girls, puts makeup on, talks on the telephone, makes death threats, and thinks she’s a poet because she can puke out words.
Native-born Woodstock faerie Arianna White is an artist, a writer, a dreamer… and full of (sh)it. Inspired by her own ethereal and mercurial nature, her works put a magnifying glass to the sparkling microcosms and glimmery ramblings that exist within each of us.
Xandra Selene is a Kingston based poet, who began her creative journey within the rich performance and art community on Long Island, where she spent several years as an active member of multiple literary and visual arts collectives including the Bard’s Initiative and Axiom Nexus, as well as habitually gracing performance stages across the entire Island. Since her arrival in the Hudson Valley, she has endeavored to cultivate a more interactive arts community for the area, and in late 2016 she founded a small bi-weekly spoken word oriented open mic at Broadway Arts Gallery in Kingston, of which she remains the current host. She hopes to continue to nurture the growth of her community by providing a safe and welcoming place for young artists to showcase their talents, and plans to help expand the reach of the Kingston arts network to include the entire Hudson Valley.