MAY 11th Readers: Yesenia Montilla, Shye, and Dinah Fay



Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots. Her poetry has appeared in the Chapbook For The Crowns Of Your Head, as well as the literary journals: 5AM, Adanna, Wideshore and others. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Her first collection of poetry The Pink Box is forthcoming from Willow Books in Fall 2015.

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Shye is a spoken word artist, poet, writer, and host who has performed in all over the East Coast.  She has appeared on BlogTalkRadio. Shye considers herself a “voice for those yet unable to speak.” She has been appeared in the Inaugural edition of Kalyani Magazine, She facilitates a writing workshop for LGBT youth and young adults called The HealLink Circle She encourages her students to “write through the pain.”

Shye co-chairs Djeli Writing Ministry, the writing ministry of UFC NewArk, co-wrote a play, “Suga-Free” with Rev. Kevin E. Taylor as well as performed at Mo Beasley’s “UrbanErotika” NYC; Stoney Mae Production’s “Waiting All My Life” Marriage Equality Concert; LLC Wellness ”EMPOWERED by Love” Concert; “JOURNEY BEYOND YOUR LIMITS” DV BENEFIT CONCERT by SPEAK YOUR TRUTH. She was a co-producer, regular performer and one-time feature at Pmyner’s “Speak Your Mine” Open Mic series. Shye currently hosts, “Crack the Mic”, a monthly Open Mic and co-host’s, “LPJ’s Friday Night Jam” and appears as a contributor on the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon website’s Poetry Garden. Shye is the winner of the 2013-11th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival Awards of Distinction for Performance Poetry and will debut a new One Woman Show, “Children of the Ghetto”, May 30th in Brooklyn.


Dinah Fay is a graduate of Northwestern University and Rutgers-Newark, where she has just completed her MFA in Poetry. Dinah teaches writing through the Rutgers Early Access Humanities Program while moonlighting as a copywriter, tutor, blogger, and co-host of this very reading series, Brick City Speaks. Look for her work in two anthologies coming out this spring, The Dead Animal Handbook and Paterson Literary Review’s “40 under 40 New Jersey Poets.”

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