Celebrate Poetry and Art at Poquatuck Saturday

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Poetry is stacked in the apartment of Taylor Mead, an iconic Beat generation poet and star of films by Andy Warhol and others, a week before he moved out on April 3, 2013 in New York City. Mead had lived in the $380/month apartment for 34 years and was battling with a developer who is converting the rest of the building's apartments into market rate apartments. The Lower East Side is one of many New York neighborhoods where gentrification is occurring, where landlords frequently employ various methods to remove long time residents from rent controlled apartments in order to convert them into market rate dwellings. Mead said loud construction occurred every morning in the building starting at 7:00 am until evening along with dust problems from the construction. His apartment was in disrepair before the construction began and Mead finally reached an agreement with the landlord before moving out April 9.
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Poquatuck Hall in Orient will hold its annual celebration of poetry and art, titled Poetry at Poquatuck, this Saturday, February 28.

Begining at 7 p.m., the event includes poetry readings, a pop-up gallery and poet-artist pairings,

Participating poets include Suffolk County Poet Laureate Pramila Venkaetswaran, former Suffolk County Poet Laureates Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan and Ed Stever, and Miranda Beeson, David Berson, Vivian Eyre, Pierre Gazarian, Billy Hands, Jason Hefter and Yvonne Lieblein. Artists are Sarah Prescott, Alan Bull, Emily Bosworth, Morgan Gildersleeve, Gail Horton Kristian Iglesias, Holly Mastrangelo, Estefany Molina, Cindy Pease Roe and Nadira Vlaun.

Poquatuck Hall is located at 1600 Skippers Lane in Orient. Admission is $10 at the door and proceeds benefit Poquatuck Hall. BYOB.

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