look out – she knows zuihitsu

Cheryl Boyce TaylorWith warmest excitement, I’m thrilled to introduce to you to Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, poet, and founder of The Calypso Muse Reading Series, and The Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series who will be featuring alongside Betsy Turcot and I at Different Different But Same, this coming Thursday. Her poems have been published in ALOUD: Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Women, Making the Trees Shiver, The Mom Egg, and upcoming in Adrienne and The Encyclopedia Project. The author of three collections of poetry, Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows and Convincing the Body, she earned an MFA in poetry from Stonecoast: University of Southern Maine, and has taught poetry at: Urban WordNYC, Bowery Poetry Club, Poets & Writers, and Poets House.

Cheryl’s writing is strong, earthy, authentically vernacular, filled with a deep love of language, and not afraid to speak its mind. I first came across Cheryl’s work over ten years ago, when I trekked to New York in search of poetry that would grip you firmly round your heart, someone answered my call and gifted me Cheryl’s book Raw Air. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet Cheryl in person and to know that some flames keep burning bright.

A talented educator, Cheryl is also currently leading workshops on Zuihitsu, the Japanese poetic form of connected personal essays and fragmented ideas that typically respond to the author’s surroundings. It’s a form that appeals to a writer who bridges Trinidad and Queens, styles and forms, topics and nuances, and who we feel will be a beautiful complement to She Stole My Every Rock and Roll.

If you and yours would be in the area, we would be honoured to have you come along to share stories about relationships, people, the ties that bind, and unbind all over again, in ways that are sometimes beautiful and sometimes painful.


  • Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St, New York, NY 10002.
  • By subway: The nearest subway to Bluestockings is the 2nd Avenue Houston Street – F Train. Bluestockings is located between Stanton and Rivington.
  • Thursday 16 January, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Entry by donation and open to the public


By Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.

1 comment

  1. Reblogged this on betsyturcot and commented:
    It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Let’s not check the last post date. I had a bit of a hectic end to the year as most people did, and now I am in the safe haven (otherwise known as ice globe) that is Vermont, USA. My partner and I took our daughter to Vermont for her first ‘white’ Christmas. We had snow for the first two days that we were here, and then the snow turned to an ice rink. One, big, giant, state-wide ice-rink. The weather has been atrocious. I’m not going to lie. I’m pretty happy with my decision to live in Australia. We did embrace the weather today by strapping on ice cleats, putting the baby in the back-pack and taking a walk through the woods. Yes. Ice cleats.

    Luckily for me, my Belles of Hell co-hort is in America as well. We are gearing up for two performances coming up this week in the Big Apple. We will be performing She Stole My Every Rock and Roll and Chosen Family. Eleanor has posted about Cheryl Boyce-Taylor who will be performing with us on Thursday, January 16 at Bluestockings Bookstore. I’m more excited to hear Cheryl perform than I am to perform myself, but I will happily tell the rock-n-roll roller-coaster again. So if any of my five blog followers live in NYC, please come and check us out. We’d love to see you there.

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