Reading with musicians March 31 at The Fifth Estate in Brooklyn.


(Yes, that’s me at 14 preparing for the freshman dance.)

Another spoken word/music revue later this month with Barbiana Complex + friends, Jackie Sheeler’s word music, and, in a College of Saint Rose in New York City trifecta: M.E. Griffith, Daniel Nester, and Alex Tunney reading nonfictional language-word-writings.

That’s a lot of music/spoken word entertainment. It’s all going down in Park Slope. And it’s FREE! Here’s a rough timeline of events.

Doors open at 7pm.

7:30pm M.E. Griffith, Daniel Nester, and Alex Tunney read;

8:30pm Jackie Sheeler’s words;

9:30pm Barbiana Complex (band)

Saturday, March 31, 7pm, The Fifth Estate, 506 5th Avenue between 12th & 13th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-840-0089.

Here’s the Facebook event page.

About the acts:

Barbiana Complex has been described as “thick, sprawling psychedelic fuzz-goth” by Chuck Eddy in Village Voice. Their latest EP is She Stole My Star. Based in Hoboken, the band features Barbara Solsky on vocals/guitar, Mike McCann on drums, and Warren Kitt on bass. They are currently completing a recording of the piece Statue Strikes at 12, with guest musicians David First (Notekillers) and Elliott Levin (New Ghost). Excerpts from a live performance of Barbiana Complex with Elliott Levin at ABC No Rio/COMA, NYC, are available on YouTube.

Jackie Sheeler is a native New Yorker, an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and renegade. Her first collection, The Memory Factory, won the Magellan Prize. Three Rooms Press published her chapbook, to[o] long. A second full-length collection, Earthquake Came to Harlem, was published in 2010. As vocalist for Talk Engine, a popular WordRock band, Jackie has performed at Symphony Space, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Knitting Factory, Bowery Poetry Club, CBGB’s, Tonic and other venues nationwide.

M.E. Griffith‘s writing has appeared in PANK, Sunsets and Silencers, Connotation Press and her grandmother’s living room. She is a Long Island native, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program, and a college writing teacher. She lives in the Bronx but still, thankfully, has a driveway.

Daniel Nester is thrilled to be reading with his Alex and ME, his former students. His latest book is How to Be Inappropriate. He blogs at We Who Are About To Die, lives in upstate New York, and teaches at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Alex J. Tunney currently attends The New School’s MFA writing program studying nonfiction. He is a Long Island native. He should probably start submitting work to literary journals.