Bluestockings Bookstore, Fair Trade Café & Activist Center
January 9, 2012 – 7pm located at 172 Allen Street
(Stanton & Rivington) New York, NY 10002

Event Description:
Groove Therapy Sessions is a refreshing eccentric expression of poetry and music
bound together by inimitable spirits. Your features for the evening will be JP Howard, Helese Smauldon & Akinfe Fatou. Take a break from the norm and join us for an unforgettable experience!.

Performer Bios
JP Howard aka Juliet P. Howard is a Poet, Lawyer and Cave Canem Fellow. She is a Lambda Literary Foundation 2011 Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow. JP was a finalist in the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund Poetry category and recipient of a Soul Mountain Retreat Writing Residency. She co-founded Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon/Blog, a forum offering women writers at all levels, a venue to come together in a positive and supportive space.

Helese Smauldon is the co-founder of Indigo Souls United Collective. A fearless songstress, she has put her distinct touch on everything from sultry ballads to incomparable Jazz standards. Originally from South Carolina, Helese landed in NYC 10 years ago having studied Theatre while pursuing an underground music career. She has performed at venues throughout the East Coast including the legendary Apollo Theater. Since 2007, she has hosted and directed Helese Talks which airs locally in NY.

Akinfe Fatou is a Poet, Activist, Collaborative Artist and Author of Once As Lovers. She is the co-founder of Indigo Souls United Collective and a service oriented advocate for social change. Infused with passion her work is both eclectic and intrinsic, expanding across genres. Her poetry has been well received at numerous historic/artistic venues nationwide and featured in countless literary magazines, journals and anthologized nationally.

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