The 2019 Word Fest presents a “Night of Features” with poets Avery Stempel, Karen Fabiane, Luis Pabon, and Danielle Pouliot at the Hudson River Coffee House. This event is hosted by Mary Panza and R.M. Engelhardt.
Avery Stempel is a local poet, philosopher, and artist who creates pieces that reflect an inspection of the everyday, the commonplace, the moment of interaction between self and the environment. He has started a performance group called Creating Moments that weaves poetry, chanting, yoga, dance, and meditation into an hour-long experience. He also regularly writes and performs with a quartet of poets calling themselves “On Their Dime.” He has been a featured poet at multiple venues throughout the area as well as facilitating writing and performing workshops in schools and libraries for poets of all ages and abilities.
Born in New York City, Karen Fabiane has been writing and performing poetry for more than 45 years. She has been published since 1976 in such small press journals as Bound, Coal, Delaware County Times, Downtown, Greenkill Gallery Broadsheet, Home Planet News, MisFit, Momoware, Newsletter Inago, New Voices, OM, RagShock, Salonika, Title I, Torture House USA, 2, and five different anthologies released by Bright Hill Press, which also published her book, Dancing Bears, in 2011; a 2nd book, Seeing You Again, was published by Grey Book Press in 2014. Her paintings have been exhibited in Seattle, New York City, Washington, DC, and the Capital District of New York (Albany environs) since 1978. Karen recently won a Special Founder’s Award in the Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Competition (2016), for her poem “Now, morning …”, and an Honorable Mention (same contest, 2017), for “Not My President.” Moved from Brooklyn to Delaware County (NY) in 1989, she currently lives in Troy.
Luis Pabon (L-Majesty) is a Black and Puerto Rican poet and writer who initially hails from Bronx, NY. Luis has been featured at various open mics in the Capital District and has presented work at open room sessions at Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC. Luis is the author of several books of poetry and one chapbook entitled “Ricanstruction”. His most recent collection “Raw Slaughter” has been published February 2019 and explores the many ways in which Black Men die in this country. It explores themes of police brutality, fatherlessness, mental illness, sexuality and the systems that work to undermine the soul of a black man daily. Luis currently works as a clinical social worker assisting those with severe and persistent mental illness. On his free time, he enjoys writing songs, exercising, reading, listening to music and eating all things cream filled.
Danielle Pouliot was born and raised in Albany, NY. She majored in English and French Literature and currently teaches Creative Writing at the Albany Free School. She recently completed her first novel, which contemplates a romance between an adolescent girl and her pseudo-uncle. She lives in Albany with her husband and two children.