Waiting for Yoko Spoken Word Series Returns Nov. 28
The popular Waiting for Yoko Spoken Word series continues Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Quinebaug Valley Community College's Spirol Gallery, with readings by poets John Surowiecki and Stephen Campiglio, as well as a performance by the acoustic duo The Billies. This free event starts at 6:30 pm.
Campiglio recently published a chapbook of poems, Cross-Fluence, through Soft Spur Press. A former member of the Hoh Place Artists Cooperative in Worcester whose work has appeared in many national publications, he was a finalist in the 2009 Bordighera Poetry Book Prize and featured poet in the summer 2008 issue of Italian Americana. He founded and coordinates the Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series at Manchester Community College where he works in the Continuing Education division.
Surowiecki’s highly acclaimed verse-play, The Nose, won the prestigious Pagasus Award by the Poetry Foundation and was produced in Chicago and at the University of Connecticut. A winner of various national honors, his highly regarded poetry, capable of howling humor, provocative surrealism and deep empathy have appeared in publications such as Poetry, Bryant Literary Review, and Connecticut Review, as well as in four books.
Chrisie Santoni and Craig Smith of The Billies have a passion for spreading the relaxing vibes of their “low country grove” music and original upbeat pop/neosoul. The duo, who hail from Lancaster, Penn., have received rave reviews from audiences at colleges, universities, and other venues where they have performed. Santoni is an award-winning songwriter, having taken first place in the Unisong Songwriting Contest and first runner-up adult contemporary in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, both for her song Mona Lisa. They are also the founders of Dancing Bears Music, a music and movement program for children ages six weeks to four years and their caregivers.
The Spoken Word Series is named for Yoko Ono, an artist, author and peace activist, who is invited to each event. “There is a chair reserved for her,” says Associate Professor of English Jon Andersen, adding, “We hope one night she’ll actually show up. Maybe this will be the night!” Sandwiches and light refreshments will be provided and the public is invited to attend.