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Jill Slaughter and Jay Michaelson at Next@19

Jay Michaelson

Next@19th taps into South Florida’s literary pulse with CHAIku, a recurring, free event that brings together writers and enthusiasts in haikus rooted in Jewish identity, culture and community. 

Taking place at Next@19th’s downtown headquarters (137 NE 19th Street, just east of NE 2nd Ave), the al fresco digs bring new dimension to the soap box experience. 

Guests are also welcome to share their impromptu 17 syllables, including but not limited to Jew-y haiku. Refreshments are available to spark inspiration and to relieve cotton mouth.
 
Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 9:00 p.m.

Jay Michaelson is a writer, scholar, poet and activist whose work focuses on the intersections of religion, spirituality, sexuality and law. 

His published poetry includes the 2007 release of ‘Another Word for Sky,’ and he is Associate Editor of Religion Dispatches magazine, a columnist and contributing editor for the Forward and the founding editor of Zeek magazine.  Michaelson is the founding director of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, a nonprofit organization which builds community for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews, partners and allies.
 
Saturday March 17, 2012

Self-described as ‘always candid, always truthful,’ Jill Slaughter possesses all the complexities of a middle child; the entitlement of marrying into money; the weakness of having lost it all; the broken heartedness of losing a custody battle and the triumph of serenity earned by her persistent, never-ending crawl toward optimism.

The dark comedienne is also a painter and in 2011, was named one of the ‘Faces of the Arts of Broward County’.  Her website, www.rawcandor.com, is a refreshingly personal window into Slaughter’s life challenges and triumphs.

Next@19th was founded in July 2010 to engage South Florida’s diverse community in fresh culture and discourse through a Jewish lens.  Producing original programming, the organization will host a range of events and activities. 

This 2011 – 2012 season promises celebrations of music, literary arts, visual art, education and spirituality as well as dynamic projects in partnership with the Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Museum of Florida and O Miami. 

Next@19th is located at 137 NE 19 Street, Miami FL 33132, on the campus of Temple Israel’s historic site in downtown Miami. 

For more information please call 305.542.7732 or visit the website at www.nextat19th.org.

(Source: examiner.com)