25th Year of Inspiring Words and Music

Next Show

November 9

Poet: Patricia Smith

Music: Lara Herscovitch

Opening Voice: Norah Pollard

7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00)

Mystic Museum of Art
9 Water Street
Downtown Mystic

Admission $15, Students $5

Call: 860-912-2444
E-mail: info@theartscafemystic.org

Poet » 

Patricia Smith

“Patricia Smith is one of our best poets and has been for a long time…”
Terrance Hayes

Greatness has been uncommonly generous to Patricia Smith.  While in her 20s, slam poetry swept the nation and she found herself possessed of the twin talents needed to compete as a slammer – the ability to compose emotionally raw and funny poems and to perform them with an actor’s power and comic touch. Widely regarded as the foremost slam poet, Smith still holds all major records, including as four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam. Her electrifying performances were featured in the documentary film SlamNation, and short films of her performance work won prizes at the Sundance and San Francisco Film Festivals.  She also starred at Carnegie Hall and at poetry festivals around the world.  

But early in her slam career, important literary poets began to counsel her that she had the talent to write poems for the page. So, putting her slam laurels behind her and after stopping off for an M.F.A., she remade herself as a poet whose work continues to storm the gates of the pantheon of greatness. Through nearly four decades, Smith has become one of America’s most honored poets. Her recent book (2017),
Incendiary Art, received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Los Angeles Book Prize, NAACP Image Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her seven previous books received a boatload of coveted honors, including the Leonore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Wheatley Award, Carl Sandburg Award, Pushcart Prize, Paterson Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Musician »

Lara Herscovitch

Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. A singer-songwriter-poet, performer and advocate, her highly original contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop and jazz influences. She writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, and delivers performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain diverse audiences.
Sound Waves Magazine described her mastery as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… Lara gets it all done with her skillful songwriting – musical timing, memorable melodies, and compelling lyrics. It’s good for your ears AND your soul.” This craftsmanship travels on a voice that Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” and is accompanied by guitar infused with her skill as a percussionist.