A UNIQUE NIGHT OF MUSIC AND POETRY FROM RETURNING PORTLAND FAVORITE
$12 advance / $12 day of show
Cardioid has been a concept in Lizzy Ellison's mind for years, although it wasn't fully realized until the summer of 2016. The project is a focus on listening to our own creative selves, removing ego, and allowing what is inside to flourish.
She was fortunate to be close with producer/engineer Riley Geare, who recognized she desired the catharsis. The two spent countless hours in the dark studio basement at the Greenhouse in Portland, OR, recording the full-length Parts Dept.; a record about love, loss, personal direction, and their constant repetition in our lives.
Ellison formed the band in late 2016 and decided to make it a full-time commitment, playing with friends that share a similar sentiment about their own personal evolution. The project is young, but full of hope and respect for each other's process, allowing the band to exist in a unique moment in time.
The live lineup now features:
Lizzy Ellison-Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keys,
Riley Geare- Drums, Production
Dasha Shleyeva- Bass, Backing Vocal
Tiana Garoogian- Keys, Backing Vocal
Zak Nelson- Guitar
DERRICK c. BROWN is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing, which has launched over 130 books of poetry. He is the author of seven books of poetry and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He is from Los Angeles, California.
Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Forklift Ohio, Paper Darts,Thrush, and Bat City Review.
Anis is the author of three poetry collections, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Songs From Under the River, The Feather Room, Over the Anvil We Stretch. His latest book, The Pocketknife Bible, is a fully illustrated poetry-memoir. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Oregon and is represented by Blue Flower Arts.
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction writer and poet. She is the author of six books of poetry (including Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen Slut, Working Class Represent, Oh, Terrible Youth and Everything is Everything) as well as the nonfiction books, the >Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, which made 7 National “Best Books of 2014″ lists (including Amazon, The Onion’s AV Club, NPR’s Science Fridays and the UK newspaper The Guardian, among others) and Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, which Billy Collins wrote “leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature.” On the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) podcast Art Works, host Josephine Reed introduced Cristin as being “something of a legend in NYC’s slam poetry scene. She is lively, thoughtful, and approachable looking to engage the audience with her work and deeply committed to the community that art (in general) and slam poetry (in particular) can create.” Cristin’s most recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011) and the Amy Clampitt Residency (2013). Her sixth book of poetry, The Year of No Mistakes, was released by Write Bloody Publishing in Fall 2013, and would go on to win the Writers’ League of Texas Book of the Year Award for Poetry (2013-2014). Her second book of nonfiction, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, was released by Gotham Books (Penguin) in Fall 2014, debuted at #7 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Books about Health
and would stay on it for three months. Cristin is married to fellow bestselling author and screenwriter Ernest Cline. She lives in Austin, Texas with her family and their two eccentric rescue dachshunds.
Mindy Nettifee, MA is an award winning writer, performance poet and storyteller. She is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Sleepyhead Assassins(Moon Tide Press), Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody Press), and Open Your Mouth Like a Bell (Write Bloody Press) as well as a collection of essays on writing Glitter In The Blood – A Poet’s Manifesto for Better, Braver Writing (Write Bloody Press). She is a three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a Powell’s Books Indie Press Best Seller, and she co-edited the anthology Courage – Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Write Bloody Press).
She has performed and taught in over 500 hundreds of venues, colleges and universities across America and Europe, competed in five National Poetry Slams, opened for indie rock act the Cold War Kids, headlined national poetry tours The Last Nerve, The Whirlwind Company and The Poetry Revival, and was featured in the critically acclaimed poetry concert documentary The Drums Inside Your Chest. Her stories have been featured on The Moth podcast.
She is the director of the story and performance services company Free Delivery, where she coaches writers and speakers, facilitates master creativity and performance workshops, and consults on live event production for corporations and nonprofit community organizations alike. Mindy served for 8 years as executive director of the nonprofit poetry organization Write Now Poetry Society, which she co-founded with actress and author Amber Tamblyn in 2007. Write Now’s mission is simply to build the audience for great contemporary poetry. With Write Now, she curated poetry events for The Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, GirlFest, the Mission Creek Festival, and others. She currently produces and collaborates with BackFence PDX, The Moth, and Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon.
She is currently a doctoral candidate in Depth Psychology with a specialization Somatic Studies. Her dissertation research is into the impact of trauma on the voice and languaging, and what role they play in trauma healing and integration.
What others have to say about Mindy:
“Mindy Nettifee’s poetry is the linguistic orgasm we’ve all been waiting for.” – BUST Magazine
“With detail to craft combined with her already brutal, and important, revelations, Nettifee’s writing and Write Bloody Press books are a welcome, important vehicle in poetry for some time to come.” – Chicago Sun Times
“When… Mindy Nettifee speaks…you’re powerless—you have no choice but to raise your wine glass high over your osmosis head and join her pledge of allegiance to graphic truth. Her poems have the grace of cursive letters and the guts of a truck driver.” – District Weekly