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aka Poez

aka Poez

Jazz / Vocal / Spoken Word New York, NY  US


  • 2013

    Sep 18

    New York, NY, US | 8:00pm

    Sharing the bill is singer/songwriter Michael Fracasso. I will be playing keyboards as well as digital delay. Book and CDs on sale.

  • 2013

    May 21

    New York, NY, US | 8:00pm

    Performing "Talking WW III Blues". This is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the release of Dylan's "Freewheelin'" album. Other tracks will be performed by fellow Folk City alumni.

  • 2012

    Dec 20

    New York, NY, US | 6:00pm

    EVENT: POEZ @ CORNELIA STREET + 30 YEARS DATE: December 20, 2012 TIME: 6 PM PLACE: Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY ADMISSION: $7 (includes one house drink) RESERVATIONS: 212-989-9319 30 years ago, in 1982, poet/performer Paul L. Mills a.k.a. Poez performed his one-man play “Confessions of a Performing Street Poet” at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village. He will return to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that performance on December 20, 2012, 6 PM. The Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street. Reservations 212-989-9319. Portions of the original one-man show were later published by Bowery Poetry Books in a collection of his writings, “Poetry Dollars,” which is available from Amazon and will be on sale at the show, along with the studio recording CD of the same work from Jackie Sheeler's Engineous Records. “A spoken-word pioneer.” THE NEW YORK TIMES “A voice musician … a young man with a flow of words like a river … like a jazz instrument.” THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS “Astonishing.” LE FIGARO (PARIS) “A rogue poet, lone wolf, his own mission … Brilliant... iconoclastic... savvy... bitter.” Bob Holman “Rhapsode.” Samuel Menashe On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PoezAtCorneliaStreet30Years

  • 2012

    Jul 22

    New York, NY, US | 11:00am

    The 2nd Annual New York City Poetry Festival Saturday & Sunday, July 21st & 22nd, 11am-5pm (Rain Date: Saturday, July 28th, 11am-5pm) Governors Island, Colonel’s Row Pre-sale tickets: $5 for both days Day-of tickets: $5 per day This year we’ve got more series, more poets, more headliners, more vendors, an additional arts and crafts village, healthy and delicious food options [though, yes iced coffee and yes ice cream], and a brand new children’s festival! Oh, and we plan on more sun too, though last year would be hard to beat! For a complete schedule of events, click http://poetrysocietyny.org/new-york-city-poetry-festival/info-for-this-year/the-lineup-3/

  • 2012

    Jan 1

    New York, NY, US | 2:00pm

    There are three things to consider when the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon sweeps you into its gracefully uncouth embrace — what it is, what it was, and who you will be when it’s over. An untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility — over 140 poets together revealing not just that a better life could exist, but that it already does, sexy and wise, rancorous and sweet, big hearted and mad as hell. An avenging engine of resistance and eager vehicle of the nascent year. The Marathon measures its success through insurrectionist reframings of the universe, an in-it-together courage that crafts a community out of the riot of lineages and traditions we all emerge from. This collective effort also helps fund as many as 85 additional events every year — not to mention The Poetry Project Newsletter, The Recluse and legendary workshops. It’s our largest fundraiser of the year, and arguably the most inspired ongoing literary event in the city. Since Anne Waldman gathered 31 poets at the very first marathon on January 2, 1974, countless forward-facing luminaries have thrown their voices into the cauldron — among them Eric Bogosian, William S. Burroughs, Spalding Gray, Jackson Mac Low, Ed Sanders, Pedro Pietri, Helen Adam, John Cage, Joe Ceravolo, John Giorno, Ted Berrigan, Yoko Ono, Amiri Baraka, Gordon Matta Clark, Jim Carroll, Bernadette Mayer, Alice Notley, Steve Cannon, Hannah Weiner, Kathy Acker, Arthur Russell, Gerard Malanga, Suzanne Vega, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, and Philip Glass. The list grows every year, as does the roster small press publishers and local restaurants who donate deliciousness in the form of astounding books, journals and food. We’re not so secretly in love with them all — and with the 75 selfless volunteers too who keep the Marathon running. Whether you stay for a little while or for the long haul, whether you’re part of the standing room only experience at sunset or with the handful of diehards as the final poet reads her last word in the predawn sanctuary, you will be transformed for the year to come. Your presence helps launch a great flare into the otherwise impenetrable darkness of the 21st century night. And in that flash, you will become what you were always meant to be, eager practitioner of the infinite, uncommodifiable, uncategorizable, rough around the elegant edges and ready for the world to hit you with its best shot. Get lost, end times — our calendar is all opening days. Come on in, new year, we’d like to introduce you to your own gigantic possibilities.


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  • Jackie Sheeler & the Wordrock Project (Artist)
    Jackie Sheeler & the Wordrock Project
    aka Poez is an utterly riveting performer, with utterly original material. we have seen him live many times over the years -- and intend to see him many more times. there is no one else quite like him onstage today.


  • aka Poez backstage at Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, 7-13-2008, photo by Phil Sullivan
  • aka Poez at Lincoln Center 1980
  • aka Poez at Make Music New York 2008 by Charles MacDonald


Bio: Recognized by The New York Times as "a spoken word pioneer" and “a sonic fantasia” there has really never been anyone else quite like Paul L. Mills aka Poez. "A voice musician ... a young man with a flow of words like a river ... like a jazz instrument,” NY DAILY NEWS,"Astonishing,” Le Figaro (Pa...See Full Bio

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