NY Poets Take on the Water Crisis

Poetic People Power presents TAPPED OUT: WORDS ABOUT THE WATER CRISIS on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. This new show will premiere seven commissioned poems about the privatization of water, the dangers facing freshwater, and the growing scarcity of this precious resource. Poets include Tara Bracco, Erica R. DeLaRosa, Andy Emeritz, Frantz Jerome, Angela Kariotis, Dot Portella, and Jonathan Walton.


TAPPED OUT: WORDS ABOUT THE WATER CRISIS will present some of the best political poets in the city as they raise their voice to focus on the world water crisis. Poetic People Power founder, Tara Bracco, picked the water crisis as this year's theme after seeing the award-winning movie Flow: For the Love of Water. "This is the most important issue of our time because everyone needs access to clean, freshwater in order to survive," says Bracco. "Water belongs to the people not to corporations. We hope this year's show will make people think twice before they buy bottled water."  

This year's poets are Tara Bracco (activist and founder of Poetic People Power); Erica R. DeLaRosa (co-founder of Mahina Movement); Andy Emeritz (writer and musician of the band Field Theory); Frantz Jerome (rapper of Cypher Matrix); Angela Kariotis (one-woman show Reminiscence of the Ghetto & Other Things That Raized Me); Dot Portella (member of 1997 Nuyorican National Slam Team) and Jonathan Walton (author of three poetry books Including Legal: The First 21 Years).  

Poetic People Power was created to establish an ongoing project that combines poetry and activism. Poetic People Power entertains, informs, and raises awareness about political topics by engaging audiences through the expressive art of poetry. Since 2003, founder Tara Bracco has been bringing together a diverse dynamic group to highlight issues of injustice through the power of spoken word. Packed crowds at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Ars Nova Theater and the Bowery Poetry Club have heard passionate and powerful performances about equal wages, preserving the environment, universal healthcare, and more. This project has worked with over 20 poets and commissioned over 45 new poems on social and political issues.  

TAPPED OUT: WORDS ABOUT THE WATER CRISIS will be presented on Saturday, April 25th @ 7pm - Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery). Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at the door on the day of the event. For more information, please visit www.poeticpeoplepower.com.


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