Inspired Word founder/producer Mike Geffner is a longtime journalist who has published thousands of stories in countless major publications, including USA Today, Details Magazine, The Sporting News, Cigar Aficionado, Texas Monthly, and The Village Voice. He’s interviewed everyone from former President Nixon to Kareem Abdul Jabbar to Forest Whitaker to Derek Jeter, and his work has been acknowledged seven times by the annual anthology The Best American Sports Writing. He was named Best Sportswriter in New York City by New York Press in 1990 and awarded 1st Place for Profile Writing by The Society of Professional Journalists (NJ) in 2000. You can follow him @ https://twitter.com/MikeGeffner.
Inspired Word Assistant Director Marvin Mendlinger is unquestionably a renaissance man, having done everything from working on Wall Street to being a ranch foreman to owning a hair salon. He was a senior research analyst, certified internal auditor, and stock broker for the prestigious Goldman Sachs, held a variety of positions at Drexel Burnham Lambert, and was a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He was also, at various points, a salesman for B. Altman, a fashion designer, and a part-time sound engineer at the Music Palace. He loves 70’s funk, pocket billiards, and football, and he has lived most of his life in Manhattan’s East Village.
Nathan P., host of The Inspired Word’s Open Mic Joint and a legendary figure on the New York City spoken word poetry scene, is a picture of style, grace and cool. He is known for his eye-catching suits, cufflinks, pocket-squares and fedoras. With a voice that resonates a luscious bass, the sound of his words are as captivating as the words themselves. His engaging talent and stage presence enabled him to become a Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist in his very first year on the circuit in 2000 and he ultimately became a host at the Nuyorican Poets Café for seven years. He has also been in two off-Broadway productions (“Be Beautiful” and “An Evolution in Reinvention”), produced two books of poetry (“Madness” and “The Colors of My Mind”), and appeared on numerous CD’s (most notably his solo project “Chalklines on Black Asphalt”).
Christopher Andrew Kuretich AKA Gemineye, who hosts The Inspired Word’s showcase night, is one of the most prolific and inspiring spoken word poets in the world. His poetry has reached audiences around the globe, including the US, Canada, Turks & Caicos, England, South Africa, and Switzerland. He appeared on three seasons of the popular television series, “HBO presents Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry” and was one of its most memorable stars. Gemineye’s performances are filled with powerful poetic pieces, bringing energy and imagination to every audience and stimulating thought and dialogue from his educational and motivating content. You can follow him @ https://twitter.com/gemineye611.
Inspired Word Assistant Director/host Aimee Herman is a queer performative poet who has been featured at various New York venues such as the Happy Ending Lounge, Dixon Place, Wow Café Theatre, Public Assembly, and Sidewalk Café. She has performed at reading/performance series such as: In the Flesh erotic salon, Hyper Gender, Sideshow: Queer Literary Carnival, and Red Umbrella Diaries. Her poetry can be found in Clean Sheets, Cliterature Journal, Pregnant Moon Review, and InStereo Press. She can also be read in Focus on the Fabulous: Colorado GLBT Voices, hell strung and crooked, Best Women’s Erotica 2010, Best Lesbian Love Stories 2010, Nice Girls, Naughty Sex, and the upcoming Women in Lust. She works as an erotica editor for Oysters & Chocolate. She can be found writing poems on her body in Brooklyn. Find her website @ http://aimeeherman.wordpress.com/.
Inspired Word staff photographer Jay Franco creates some of the most memorable images you’ll ever see. A music producer/engineer-turned-photographer from Washington Heights, Franco has a special knack for producing stark and alluring black-and-white photographs that seem straight out of the pages of the old Life magazine. He began his photography career by taking aim at the gritty streets of the city with a simple point-and-shoot camera. He has since been honored to have his work on exhibition – NYC Over & Under – at Manhattan’s Rio Gallery in the summer of 2011. For more info on Jay’s photography, check out http://www.venti20vision.com/.