POETDELPHIA PRESENTS: ERNEST HILBERT & NATE KOSTAR, featuring JUSTIN “J-BOOGIE” HATCHER.
Celebrating Music and Meter in Poetry! Friday, June 20, 2014 at the PHILADELPHIA SKETCH CLUB, 235 South Camac St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. 5:00 – 7:00 pm. (Upstairs on the second floor.) Doors open at 5:00 for a meet and greet, with the reading to begin at 5:30. About this special event: From spoken word to libretti, from structured sonnets to free-styling, join poets who find innovative ways of infusing their work with ideas old and new. How does form and innovation shape their work? Music and poetry combine in this lively performance and Q & A. Join us in a new space, the lovely surrounds of the Philadelphia Sketch Club (this month, an art show that benefits Philadanco will be on display). Browse the art, hear good poems (and a little music) and peruse our journal swap (trade a literary journal or poetry book for another from our stash). The arts are alive and well and inspiring each other in Philly!
ERNEST HILBERT is the author of the poetry collections Sixty Sonnets (2009) and All of You on the Good Earth (2013), as well as the spoken word album Elegies & Laments (Pub Can Records, 2013). He supplies libretti and song texts for contemporary composers Stella Sung, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Christopher LaRosa, as well as scripts for the post-punk conceptual band Mercury Radio Theater. He works as an antiquarian and first edition bookseller for Bauman Rare Books and teaches a summer graduate course on the art of the opera libretto at Western State University of Colorado Master of Fine Arts in Poetry program.
NATHANIEL KOSTAR FEATURING JUSTIN “J-BOOGIE” HATCHER: Originally from New Jersey, Nathaniel Kostar now lives in New Orleans where he fronts a local hip-hop blues band and is an MFA candidate at The University of New Orleans. His work has appeared in The Legendary, Haggard & Halloo, Burlesque Press, The Litro and Buried Letter Press. A travel junky, Nathaniel has roamed to Argentina, South Korea, Thailand, Edinburgh, France, Italy, and Costa Rica. He is writing a book that details his journey to six different countries to study a different skill at each stop—an idea expected of Italian Renaissance Men. So far the project has taken him to Italy for Poetry, Thailand for Muay Thai, Paris for Art, New Orleans for Music, and Puerto Rico and Mexico for Salsa.
JUSTIN HATCHER hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He currently lives in New Orleans where he sings, plays guitar, bass, congas, and orcarina in the hip-hop blues band Tha Neighbors. According to Tha Neighbor’s frontman, “If a songbird and angel had a love child, his name would be Justin Hatcher.”