You read that right, Derrick Brown is coming to Proctors in Schenectady on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 PM. Brown has traveled all over the country and has performed his poetry on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as for the Best American Contemporary Poetry Concert series, The Drums Inside Your Chest. In 2012, he curated the Word x Word Festival in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Brown is a former weatherman and gondolier. He is currently the founder of Write Bloody Publishing, an independent book publisher in Austin, TX. Write Bloody’s concept is that poets should tour and promote themselves like rock bands, and that the publisher should be the source of energy for the revitalization of live poetry in America.
And opening for Derrick on this special night of poetry and spoken word is none other than our very own Mary Panza.
Mary Panza is a mainstay on the local poetry scene. She is Vice President of Albany Poets and host of Poets Speak Loud, a monthly open mic held at McGeary’s in Albany. She has been witness to countless open mics, naked poets, fires, drunks, chapbooks, career changes, organizations (both coming and going), festivals and great poetry and spoken word.