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2014 Estrellas En El Fuego

2011 Dark Matters

2008 Futurus Lux

2017 Forever Night

2013 Black Blizzard

2010 Broken Light

2007 Event Horizon

2016 Palabras Luminosas

2012 Kaleidoscope

2009 Ex Tenebris

2005 Total Eclipse

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PA'LANTE A LA LUZ (Charge Into The Light):
The Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza
- 2018 Anthology

- First Edition.
- Volume V in a series.
- 168 pages.
- Trade Paperback.
- American contemporary poetry anthology.

Design and Layout: C. D. Johnson
Publishers: Rogue Scholars Press

ISBN-13: 978-0-9840982-5-5

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PA'LANTE A LA LUZ (Charge Into The Light): The ANYDSWPE 2018 Anthology

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One of New York City’s biggest literary events, featuring more than 170 scheduled performers, returns to the historic Nuyorican Poets Café on New Year’s Day. The 24th annual Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza took place on January 1, 2018. The year’s theme was "Pa’lante a la Luz (Charge Into The Light)". The Alternative draws an overflow crowd every year.

The Alternative, which continues to be free to the public, features poets, prose writers, monologists, musicians, dancers and other performers in a 10-hour showcase that ranges from some of New York’s most seasoned talents to emerging stars. The lineup evolves each year to keep the event fresh and democratic. The audience is encouraged to donate paperback books to Books Through Bars (http://booksthroughbarsnyc.org) for people incarcerated in prison, and canned or boxed food or drink for City Harvest (https://cityharvest.org), which provides for the hungry in New York.

The Alternative began on New Year’s Day in 1995, and quickly became one of the most popular events on the city’s poetry and literary scene. Founder, Bruce Weber, is ably assisted by a staff of writers, designers and curators. Each year a fresh group of performers are plucked from all corners of the    Tri-State area to enliven and transform The Alternative in unexpected ways. Adding to the mix, for the fifth consecutive year we’ve produced this anthology composed of featured writers, published by Rogue Scholars Press under the guidance of C. D. Johnson.

“We’re excited about our continuing effort to bring in new voices every year and touch all corners of the city. This year promises to be spectacular,” said Mr. Weber of this year’s event.

This volume features the work of:

Austin Alexis. Joel Allegretti. Merissa Anderson. Madeline Artenberg. Carmen Bardeguez-Brown. Yael Baron. Steve Bloom. Peter Bushyeager. Natalie N. Caro. Patricia Carragon. Maria Fernanda Lara Chamorro. Tina Chan. Michael Collins. Lydia Cortes. Steve Dalachinsky. Pete Dolack. Gabriel Don. Bill Evans. Bonny Finberg. Jen Fitzgerald. Daniela Gioseffi. Barbara D. Hall. Patrick Hammer Jr.. Bob Heman. Aimee Herman. Ngoma Hill. Roxanne Hoffman. David Huberman. Kate Irving. IsatheIntrovert. Evie Ivy. C. D. Johnson. Icegayle Johnson. Larry Jones. Meg Kaizu. Lee Klein. Linda Kleinbub. Ron Kolm. Ptr Kozlowski. Annie Rachele Lanzillotto. Jane LeCroy. Linda Lerner. Toni Mergentime Levi. Mindy Levokove. Eleonore Ley. Tsaurah Litzky. Ellen Aug Lytle. Stan Marcus. Jesús Papoleto Meléndez. Nancy Mercado. Alejandra Moreno. Dennis Moritz. KB Nemcosky. Yuko Otomo. Eve Packer. D.Bird el Palabrero. Puma Perl. Howard Pflanzer. Su Polo. Ron Price. Zero Prophet. Leslie Prosterman. Jill Rapaport. Carlos Manuel Rivera. Renato Rosaldo. Robert Roth. Thaddeus Rutkowski. K. Saito. Sarah Serrano. Ravi Shankar. Yuyutsu Sharma. Susan Sherman. John L. Silver. Joanna Sit. Angela Sloan. Miriam Stanley. Laurie Stone. Zelene Pineda Suchilt. Terese Svoboda. Alice B. Talkless. J M Theisen de Gonzalez. Tim Tomlinson. Edwin Torres. Ewan Turner. Claire Van Winkle. George Wallace. Phyllis Wat. Bruce Weber. Francine Witte. Jeffrey Cyphers Wright.

 


 

 

 


 

 

FOREVER NIGHT (Siempre Noche):
The Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza
- 2017 Anthology

- First Edition.
- Volume IV in a series.
- 140 pages.
- Trade Paperback.
- American contemporary poetry anthology.

Design and Layout: C. D. Johnson
Publishers: Rogue Scholars Press

ISBN-13: 978-0-9840982-4-8

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Our 23rd Event And Our 4th Anthology... Amazing!

Every year I reconsider the broad strokes and possibilities, and the staff gathers in early winter to talk about new directions and bridges to cross. A major part of our planning is to reach out to new guest curators for assistance in keeping the channels open to new voices and sounds. We also hope to bring in artists we've missed, neglected, or not had back in a while. This year I am especially thrilled by the multitude of new performers that have been added to event.

When the Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza began I fantasized about creating an anthology on the spot, with the help of an industrial strength photocopy machine nearby. Now in the age of the internet, and the publishing possibilities the internet has conjured up, plus the masterful hand and eye of C. D. Johnson, we have our fourth annual collection of a selection of works by participants in Forever Night: Siempre Noche.

The theme Forever Night: Siempre Noche was chosen in the course of this past overheated summer of Trump and Clinton, and after the theme was selected by the vote of the staff, some staff members wondered if it was perhaps too dark in its insinuations. Now, following the autumn election, we must and we shall persist even harder in our artistry, clinging to art's ever present truth to get us through the forthcoming night ahead.

 


 

 

 


 

 

PALABRAS LUMINOSAS (Luminous Words):
The Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza
- 2016 Anthology

- First Edition.
- Volume III in a series.
- 152 pages.
- Trade Paperback.
- American contemporary poetry anthology.

Design and Layout by C. D. Johnson
Publishers: Rogue Scholars Press

ISBN-13: 978-0-9840982-3-1

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One of New York City's biggest literary events, featuring more than 150-scheduled performers, returns to the historic Nuyorican Poets Cafe on New Year's Day. The 22nd annual Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza takes place from 12 pm to 9 pm on January 1st, 2016. As always, the event is free to the public. We ask people attending to please bring paperbacks for Books through Bars, which supports U.S. prison-population education and the expansion of their universe through reading. Since the event's beginning, we have encouraged audience and participants to donate to our charity of choice. This year's theme is “Palabras Luminosas (Luminous Words)” - the light of words connects us – illuminates the human experience – and will light up our world in the New Year.

A.N.Y.D.S.W.P.E. / Our 22nd year for the Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza event, and our third year celebrating with an anthology! The talent is overflowing and the pages of this volume burst forth yet again as more than 80 poets and writers give up their words to be sacrificed on the hallowed altar of the Ars Poetica. No doubt both you and the Muses will find their offerings satiating.  
 
Where are the masters of word and verse to go from here? Only to fame and glory, my friends! Only to fame and glory! ...Or your bookshelves. That will be nice, too.

 


 

 

 


 

 

SHADOW OF THE GEODE (Sombra del Geode):
The Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza
- 2015 Anthology

- First Edition.
- Volume II in a series.
- 128 pages.
- Trade Paperback.
- American contemporary poetry anthology.

Design and Layout by C. D. Johnson
Publishers: Bonsai Publishers in association with Rogue Scholars Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-942463-00-9

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Todos Son Bienvenidos!

For 21 years, since curator and poet Bruce Weber first came up with the idea of doing a free ten- hour event in which anyone can read, sing, or perform without competition and without any charge, New York has been treated to the Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza. May it continue for another 21 years, and even long after all of us are gone, for generations to come. Let ANYDSWPE stand as a testament to the history of East Village poetry, and let this anthology serve as a record of that accomplishment.

May it continue for another 21 years, and even long after all of us are gone, for generations to come. Let ANYDSWPE stand as a testament to the history of East Village poetry, and let this anthology serve as a record of that accomplishment.

 


 

 

 


 

 

ESTRELLAS EN EL FUEGO (Stars In The Fire):
The Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza
- 2014 Anthology

- First Edition.
- Volume I in a series.
- 160 pages.
- Trade Paperback.
- American contemporary poetry anthology.

Design and Layout by C. D. Johnson
Publishers: Rogue Scholars Press

ISBN-13: 978-0-9840982-9-3

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Our 20th Anniversary!

Twenty years and we are still burning, burning words, sounds, noise, bringing our spirits to the stage…We are all stars, we will not be incinerated nor eclipsed, our voices in transit as we burn…we burn… we burn…

This anthology is a project celebrating The Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza - the 2014 event marking the 20th Anniversary of this uniquely New York tradition. The collection features the diverse work of many of the participants in what is recognizably a very verbose affair; from the seasoned wordsmith, to the literarily licentious, to the cerebrally provocative. A.N.Y.D.S.W.P.E. takes place every year in New York City's historic East Village. Hundreds of people funnel into the venue during an eight hour marathon reading on January 1st. To make the 20th anniversary extra-special, this year it was held at the world-famous Nuyorican Poets Café. Why does such an event exist? Well, if you are going to write poetry, you might as well read it aloud. And if you are going to read it aloud, people might as well come and listen. And if people are going to come and listen, you might as well make a party of it. And if you are going to make a party of it, it might as well be one of the biggest parties of the year, and if it's going to be one of the biggest parties of the year, you might as well invite some of the best artists, writers, and performers to come and entertain the masses. You can also get drunk and fall in love while you're at it. In the event that you cannot make the party, we've put together this convenient little volume so you can sample the wonder, wisdom, brilliance, and madness without having to go outside. And if you did come to the party, well this book was a sure-fire way to take a poet home with you at the end of the night. No need to thank us. Your happiness is the only reward we require. ...That and the price for the copy. Enjoy. See book preview below.

 


 

 

 


 


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2017
Forever Night

2016
Palabras Luminosas

2015
Shadow Of The Geode

2014
Estrellas En El Fuego

2013
Black Blizzard

2012
Kaleidoscope

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

2011
Dark Matters

2010
Broken Light

2009
Ex Tenebris

2008
Futurus Lux

2007
Event Horizon

2005
Total Eclipse

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