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Poetry Street is an open mic with featured poets, occurring 4pm-6pm (EST) on the last Saturday of each month, an ecumenical social justice ministry of reconciliation and healing, the “room without a roof, where every voice is heard

S P O T    L I G H T

POETRY   STREET

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 In June 2020,

Chip Williford launched

POETRY STREET ON THE ROAD on Zoom,

in support of Black Lives Matter and

“Juneteenth.” In July 2020, he

launched the new website,

www.poetrystreetontheroad.com,

and a movement was born.

POETRY STREET ON THE ROAD started

back in 2014 as POETRY STREET,

a project originated by Susan Dingle,

poet, social worker and

community activist. Inspired by the

Nyorican Poets Café, Dingle,

envisioned POETRY STREET as a

truly open mic where every voice

is heard, and invited

Robert A. (Bubbie) Brown,

a poet, community leader and

member of the First Baptist Church

of Riverhead, to collaborate as

partner. Nancy Kouros, owner of

the Blue Duck Bakery Café, offered

a venue in downtown Riverhead.

 

The first reading, in June 2014,

commemorated “Juneteenth.” ,

POETRY STREET was held on the

fourth Sunday every month at

the Blue Duck Bakery Café until

June 2019, the “room without a

roof…where every voice is heard.”

 

In 2015, POETRY STREET went

ON THE ROAD throughout the

North Fork, performing at events and

protests. In 2017 Chip Williford,

poet and videographer, produced the

first season of

'POETRY STREET ON THE ROAD' on

YouTube, and became a partner

and co-host of POETRY STREET,

with Maggie Bloomfield as co-host.

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