A Post-Thanksgiving Salon

Three Poets in One Autumn Blast

After all the turkeying and drinking, it’s time to listen to three fantastic word-slingers. Join us in one of Manhattan’s last salon-style galleries, offering the chance to enjoy literature ion an intimate setting and mingle with the writers.

David Henderson       Victor Hernandez Cruz        Lennox Raphael


Tribes Gallery

Sunday, November 27th

285 East 3rd St (2nd floor) 5-7pm

$5 suggested donation, drinks available at the bar,


David Henderson is one of the founding members of the Umbra workshop, a Lower East Side group that was a precursor of the Black Arts Movement. His books of poetry include: De Mayor of Harlem and Neo-California. His biography: He 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child is available in a new, revised, 30 year anniversary edition. His radio documentary on the Black Beat, "Bob Kaufman, Poet" is available through the Pacifica Archive. Victor Hernandez Cruz’ most recent work, In the Shadow of Al-Andalus (2011), marks a new direction in his long heralded works and firmly establishes him as a world poet. Cruz currently serves as a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets and divides his time between Morocco and Puerto Rico. Cruz is the author of numerous books including  Maraca: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000, published in 2001 by Coffee House Press. Considered a literary prodigy, he published his first full-length poetry collection, Snaps, at the age of 19. He played a major role in the formation of the Nuyorican scene.


Lennox Raphael, a Trinidadian New Yorker and longstanding member of the Umbra workshop, lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is in WINTER TALES, Men Write About Aging,Serving House Books (2011), alongside such notable writers as John Updike and Norman Mailer. A former staff writer for the East Village Other (EVO), Raphael’s first play, Che!, ran for over a year in Manhattan. He has published five books of poetry including Garden of Hope, a memoir. With composer Carman Moore, he is in the first stages of developing WAITING FOR OBAMA, described as 'a musical of hope, faith and clarity.'  In 1965, Raphael, Steve Cannon and James Thompson, interviewed Ralph Ellison for what would become a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story. His nonfiction essay on the Haitian earthquake, has been nominated for best essay on the web in the U.S. (2010-2011).