Lo nuestro es vulnerabilidad

FringeArts Scratch Night

140 N Columbus Blvd 

Monday, May 13 at 7pm

Co-Host: Zach Blackwood

The popular, long running monthly works-in-progress series.

Come see a roster of Philly’s most talented artists perform new material from shows they are working on in this fast-paced sampling of contemporary theater, dance, performance art, and everything in between. Scratch Night is hosted and curated by a different artist each month, and features four to six short performances by local companies and artists, offering an inside look at the future of performance. This month, lo nuestro es vulnerabilidad. Our thing is vulnerability.

Readers and Performers

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars, winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, and of the chaplet Interrupt, published by Belladonna* Collaborative. Her second full-length book is forthcoming from YesYes Books. She is the recipient of a a 2018 BRIO Award in Nonfiction, a 2015-2016 LMCC Workspace Residency, and two Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grants (2014, 2010). Olivares taught at the MFA Program in Poetry at Rutgers University as a visiting professor. She is a queer latinx poet and educator from the Bronx and New York City.

Dave Gaines

“my heart is no pipe organ/ but it fills me with music,/ leads a congregation of bones/ into worship each time i rise”

Dave G is a writer, performer and actor born and raised in Philadelphia. His poetry is the tumultuous product of baptist preaching, hip-hop culture and tireless introspection. In 2017 he received his BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University and won a championship at the 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2018 he became the champion of the Philly Pigeon, The Fuze: Philly Poetry Slam and was ranked 4th in the world at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam. Dave is currently touring colleges across America, working on his debut chapbook of poems and trying to discover the best recipe for Top Ramen. 

Candy Alexandra González

“I descend from/a long, resilient line
of women named/Maria, who hide/ their pain in the crease/ between their brows/ who only cry/ in the dark”

Candy Alexandra González is a Latinx visual artist and poet from Miami, Fl. They came into poetry writing during a letterpress printing workshop at Penland School of Craft in 2015. Since that pivotal workshop, Candy Alexandra has adopted poetry as a healing tool. Their poetry invites readers to witness moments of unpacking and unlearning internalized oppression.

Candy Alexandra received their BA in Romance Languages and Literature from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 and their MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in 2017. Their poetry has been published in The Wanderer, Caldera Magazine, Recenter Press and Paperback Literary Journal. Candy Alexandra was a finalist for the Center for the Book Arts’ 2017 Chapbook Competition.

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem

“at the morgue/ during war/ is a ledger/ thick with soft pages worn./ someone maintains it with care/ their clear handwriting precise/ ink covering pages/ like blue drops sapphire/ like a grieving stream/ a weeping sky.”

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a poet, visual artist and author of the poetry collection, City of Pearls (UpSet Press 2019). Born in Hyderabad, India and raised in both the UK and the US, she is a former public interest lawyer supporting economic justice for survivors of family and intimate partner violence. A recipient of the Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship, Sham-e-Ali’s poetry has appeared in Apiary, Dusie and Mizna, and can be found in anthologies, including Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2005), Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Beacon Press, 2005) and Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press, 2008).

p.e. garcia

“one day/ i’ll ask an ancestor/ if they ever expected/ me to be/ the tree they planted.”

p.e. garcia is Features Editor for the Rumpus. Their work has been featured in Prairie Schooner, Lit Hub, the Toast, and more