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Derrick Brown at the Bowery Poetry Club

In announcement on January 8, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Derrick Brown celebrates his new book “Scandalabra”.

Please join us for an evening of poetry, spoken word, music, and magic featuring Derrick C. Brown. This event is free and will take place Tuesday, January 13th, from 6:00-7:00pm at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, (between Houston and Bleecker). For more information please call 212-614-0505 or visit

A book party for “Scandalabra” will be held at 6pm, followed by WordShop, during which Brown will give tips on touring and how to write great poetry. The Urbana Poetry Slam will follow at 7pm, featuring Brown.

Former paratrooper Derrick Brown takes his poetry around the world, as to date he has performed at over 1100 venues and universities, including La Sorbonne in Paris. In 1998 he placed second in the National Poetry Slam individual championship, and in 2004 he won the California Independent Book Critics’ Award for his written work. He has consistently been the opening act for Indie rock act, Cold War Kids and has been booked with The White Stripes and performed with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. In response to his latest collection “Scandalabra”, Nylon Magazine proclaims “Derrick has blown honesty and humor into the darkness and has somehow made poetry cool again.”

In 2004, Brown started Write Bloody Publishing. Write Bloody has published many authors and artists, including the works of Amber Tamblyn, Buddy Wakefield, and Roger Bonair-Agard. Brown’s own publications include “Born in the Year of the Butterfly Knife” (Write Bloody Publishing, 2006), “I Love You is Back” (Write Bloody Publishing, 2006), and “The Last American Valentine” (Write Bloody Publishing, 2008).

Hosting between 20 and 30 shows a week the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) is proud of our place in the lineage of populist art: the Yiddish theater, burlesque, vaudeville, beat poetry, jazz, and punk that gave the Bowery its name.

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