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Join us for our online edition of Creative Expressions NYC open mic & salon.This free event is hosted via Zoom on Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. ET. You must register to receive your free Zoom link.Please sign-up to perform in the open-mic once the event/Zoom session begins.Co-hosts: Robert Gibbons & Angela BrownOur featured readers will be: Dara Kalima, Ron Marc Thomson, and Freida Grace Jones.Dara Kalima is an author and poet from the Bronx whose journey in writing has been an adventure since the age of 9. From stages in her community to her international debut in Scotland in 2018, Dara's words have touched the lives of many. She has founded Black Authors Collaborative, and is now the Vice President of Poetix University, an international institute for poets. She has authored three independently-published titles, and will be releasing her memoir early 2021. Dara's experience, education, and passion for writing has led to her becoming a growing leader in the writing community.Ron Marc Thomson, a proud Bronxite, is a writer, poet, blogger, performer, visual artist, podcaster, and event producer, while also working in the field of information technology. His memoir stories have been featured in the Bronx Memoir Project anthologies Volumes 2 (2018) and 3 (2019), published by the Bronx Council on the Arts. His mixed-media collage "Build a Better World" was selected as the cover of NYPL's magazine "Library Zine! Volume 1 Issue 2" (2017). Ron Marc is founder of the organization Bronx Art & Fun Hub (BxAFH) which hosts poetry- and story-readings, open-mics, and comedy and art shows at various venues in the Bronx. BxAFH currently hosts weekly free online programs for the community. He is also an active committee member of Creative Expressions NYC. Freida Jones is a visual artist and writer from New Jersey. She is the author of Music Masquerades as Honey in My Hands, monologues and poems dramatizing our African American jazz legacy. The Midnight Ride, published in 2020, is her tribute to the Bronx. She received her MFA in creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also wrote a play entitled Lucky Strikes Legacy. Inspired by the fusion of dance, music and spoken word, Freida is published in anthologies including Callaloo, Drum, African Voices, and Soul Sister Review. For the last three years Freida has curated workshops at “La Finca del Sur” community garden. The concept of a collective community is especially important to Freida, who believes that writers are unified by our humanity and our need for expression.

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