To: Green Earth Poets Cafe Board of Directors
Re: FY 2019 Grants
It gives me great pleasure to inform you that we have received the following news from Mr. Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs, as follows:
Oct 17, 2018
Dear Mr. Harris:
On behalf of Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson and the City Council, we are pleased to convey the outcome of the competitive Cultural Development Fund process for Fiscal 2019. Green Earth Poets Cafe, Inc. will receive a total CDF award of $15,000 for the provision of cultural services in New York City,
SIAP Funds: $5,000
2 City Council Member Items totaling: $10,000
1) CM Ampry-Samuel – $5,000
2) CM Cornegy – $5,000.”
I wish to thank the honorable:
NYC Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel-41st District, Brooklyn,
NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.,36th CD,
NYC Speaker Corey Johnson and the NYC Council. A special thank you to the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Our programs, “Spoken Word Open Mic Poetry Series”, and “Our Youth Are Slamming-Poetry Workshops” are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Green Earth Poets Cafe & Poetry Theater
Green Earth Poets Cafe published its first Anthology of poems and short stories of the seniors at the Albany Neighborhood Senior Center. This Anthology is the culmination of the SU-CASA program funded by NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. 36 CD https://council.nyc.gov/district-36/ . For twenty weeks Green Earth Poets Cafe teaching artist Nicole Najmah Abraham guided and inspired up to 20 seniors in her weekly class where they learned creative writing and poetry performing. The published Anthology was the end result of the seniors creative writing projects collected. Many seniors have never been published authors and welcomed this idea. This is Green Earth Poets Cafe first published book of poetry which is now available on the blurb website (see link) for $9.99. All proceeds will benefit the Albany Neighborhood Senior Center with future poetry programs.
To purchase book follow the link below:
Good Morning Curtis,
This year 2018 will make POM’s 7th year anniversary! It has been a long wonderful road. We really are thankful to have supporters like you. Not only for the big impact you have made in our POM family but also in the community.
Curtis, we are so proud of all of your accomplishments and community service with your company, Green Earth Poets Café. You have gone from the state office, to prisons to schools, spreading positive images thru spoken word!
We would like to honor you as POM’s 2018 Man of the Year! This all White Gala will be held on May 5th, at St Phillips Hall in Bklyn from 7-11pm.
We do hope you accept this much deserved honor! If so we need the following information:
Photo for our flyer
Names of two of your artist that would present a spoken word piece- no more than 3 mins each
Name of one additional adult guest for comp list
All children names for comp list.
We will need all of this information by Mar 1st.
We do hope that you accept this well-deserved honor!
Gia and Samirat
Green Earth Poetry Theater presents:
You Are Who You Eat
It gives us great pleasure to officially announce the launching of Green Earth Poetry Theater with our inaugural stage play “You Are Who You Eat”.
Tiffany chooses men like she orders from a menu, consuming anything from organic interactions to fast food flings. How will her dating diet change after she discovers her eyes are way bigger than her stomach?
“You Are Who You Eat”, is a comedic Spoken Word play by Tarishi ‘M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T.’ Shuler and Jashua Sa-Ra. Directed by Tarishi Shuler. Bring your appetite for laughter!
This program is supported, in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with NYC Council Members Darlene Mealy and Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
Tickets for this production are available online at Kumbletheater.org
For immediate release:
Dec 6, 2017
It gives me great pleasure to congratulate one of our illustrious board members on receiving the Jerome L. Schulman Memorial Poetry Prize. Genesis Valdez, our youth board member has served as a board member for Green Earth Poets Cafe for a few years and has curated a number of our poetry open mic series. “I tied 3rd place with Miguel Machado who is also a phenomenal writer”, says Genesis Valdez.
Work with Oscar winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) to develop music, dance, and spoken word for:
The Children’s Monologues
A One-Night-Only Theatrical Performance
November 13th 7:30 pm
The US premiere of The Children’s Monologues features the stories of children growing up in Africa who answered the question, “What’s a day I will never forget?” The stories are adapted for the stage by some of the world’s finest playwrights and performed by an all-start cast sharing the stage with 20-30 young people from New York City.
An ensemble of 20-30 young people ages 14- 21 years old will perform dramatic actions, dance and words to emphasize the monologues delivered by today’s celebrities including Daveed Diggs, Lena Dunham, Daniel Kaluuya, James McAvoy, Trevor Noah and others. No professional training necessary to be a part of the ensemble!
October 3 4:30-6:30 pm October 7 3:00-5:00 pm
October 5 4:30-6:30 pm October 9 1:00-5:00 pm
TO RSVP: Call 212-903-0707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP for one date. Auditions will happen in the order of arrival and will take place at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan: 154 W. 57th street (between 6th Ave and 7th Ave)
1. Perform something. (sing a song, deliver spoken word, dance, tell a story)
2. Talk to us. We want to get to know you.
3. Say YES to the full schedule. If selected, you must be available for all dates and times below.
All activities take place at Carnegie Hall- 154 W. 57th Street.
Metrocards and meals provided.
Wednesday, November 1st 4:00-7:00 PM
Thursday, November 2nd 4:00-7:00 PM
Saturday, November 4th 4:00-7:00 PM
Monday, November 6th 4:00-7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 7th 4:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, November 8th 4:00-7:00 PM
Thursday, November 9th 4:00-7:00 PM
Friday, November 10th 4:00-7:00 PM
Saturday, November 11th 12:00-6:00 pm
Monday, November 13th 3:30-6:00 pm rehearsal on stage, 7:30 pm performance
WRAP UP PARTY
Friday, November 17th 4:00-7:00 PM
July 1, 2017
For Immediate Release:
Green Earth Poets Cafe a Crown Heights, Brooklyn 501 c 3 non profit poetry company, has received a NYC Council Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2018 Budget grant in the amount of $25,000. This grant provided by the Honorable NYC Council Member Darlene Mealy 41 CD, through the NYC dept of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) will provide funding for our spoken word open mic poetry series, fund the rental and purchase of equipment for Green Earth Poetry Theater, and provide funding for program in the 41st CD for youth and seniors.
“Council Member Mealy has been a supporter from the beginning of our existence in 2013 and continues her support with this very generous grant. She is and will always be our (s)hero.” says Curtis Harris, Exec Dir Green Earth Poets Cafe.
We started our new open mic at the Island CZ Cafe located at 743 Franklin Ave Tuesday May 16. There were awesome artists in attendance. This is a review by one of them:
Cindy ThePoet Calderon -1000 handclaps and a SNAP SNAP SNAP!!!!! My 2nd show as a spectator and I was blown away! Phenomenal talent!
Green Earth Poets Cafe is a well oiled machine that brings entertainment to a completely different level!
I immensely enjoyed each artist! Especially the one and only EmpressD. (Aka Dorothy Ham author “I Asked And He Answered) with her piece “On A Misson”.
Also Ms. Kareema Allsmiles Edwards (I’m a huge fan of hers lol) brought a triple threat by way of vocals, poetry and performance!
Additionally, it was a lyrical smorgasbord with every artist that blessed us with the mic!!!!!
Curtis Harris is a top shelf CEO!!!! He makes absolute sure that you are part of his Poetic family!!!! He made the venue extra delightful with his professional charm! Shouts to the whole Green Earth Poet Cafe board of directors!!!!!! From the moment you enter the venue your met with love!!!!! I really appreciate being a part of this eventful evening
I recommend anyone reading this who have not yet experienced what Green Earth Poet Cafe offers …… keep your ear to the ground so you can hear the announcement “Tickets on Sale”.
Grab your tickets one for you and one for a friend and come out to enjoy POETRY/SpokenWord/ Talent AT ITS FINEST!
Take it from a Poet who Know it….. Green Earth Poet Cafe DO NOT Disappoint!
Many blessing to you Mr. Harris
All the best in your continued success!!!!!-“
To: Green Earth Poets Cafe Board of Directors
Re: “No More Silent Voices”- Prison Poetry Program
Date: Jan 14, 2017
It gives me great pleasure to report to you the results of our first prison program for 2017. Today was a day of healing, inspiration, empowerment and fantastic poetry. Green Earth Poets Cafe extended its prison program from Rikers Island to the Brooklyn House of Detention today. For three years we have been visiting and performing at Rikers Island prison with some of the finest poets and artists imagined. Today at the Brooklyn House of Detention, we had eight wonderful artists who amazed, inspired, and empowered inmates of the Brooklyn House of Detention. So much so that the inmates asked that we come back soon. Thank you to 2 of the inmates in particular, Franki and Rico who were moved to share and let their voices be heard. I wish to thank the artists who came and shared including Nicole Najmah Abraham, Debra Bramlett, Devanté Tate, Danyeil Green, Carlos Lavezzari, Raymond Vasquez, Xavier Rice, and special guest artist David Roberts aka D-Black. Thank you all who gave so selflessly today to our incarcerated brothers. A special thank you to Captain Branch and Deputy Warden Evan, Rachel Dutt, and ED Dir of Program Linda Eaddy all of the department of Corrections for helping make today happen.
Green Earth Poets Cafe
cc: Board members- Diane McNeil, Tina Callender, Jeri Baskerville, Sharon Wedderburn, Zulma Rodriguez, Genesis Valdez, Curtis Harris.