The 2018 Albany Word Fest kicks off on Monday, April 16, at the Hudson River Coffee House on Quail Street for The Word Fest Night of Features – an evening of poetry and prose featuring regional poets and writers Harvey Havel, Adam Tedesco, Joe Krausman, Danielle Pouliot, Poetyc Visionz, and Olivia McKee, hosted by Brian Dorn.
Harvey Havel has just released his fifteenth book, Mister Big, about a Black American football player who confronts a devastating injury. Havel formally taught writing at The College of Saint Rose, SUNY Albany, and Bergen Community College in New Jersey.
Joe Krausman was the MCA Fellow in Play-writing at Smith College. His poem “Deception” recently won first prize ($1,000) at the 2018 Raynes Prize Contest. He taught English and Play-writing at UMass in Amherst, and Theater at Grinnell College in Iowa.
Danielle Pouliot was born and raised in Albany. She has two children and teaches Creative Writing at the Albany Free School.
Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Interrupture, Gramma Weekly, Funhouse, Fanzine, Powder Keg, and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently HEART SUTRA, and ABLAZA (Lithic Press).
Liv Mckee is a queer spoken word artist, dancer, and farmer living in Troy, NY. As a member of Albany’s Nitty Gritty Slam, she has competed and featured at venues all over the northeast and the country. She hopes her poetry leaves you cut, bandaged, bathed, and heartened.
Poetyc Visionz is a conscious poet that thrives on being creative in his delivery. His goal is to change the imagery around him and offer audiences perspective. He’s won many slams and has been a member of winning slam teams.