199 Chambers Street (BMCC campus)
New York NY 10007
Person Place Thing is an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great speakers. Host Randy Cohen will be interviewing poet Patricia Spears Jones.
Patricia Spears Jones was awarded the Jackson Poetry Prize in 2017, one of the most prestigious awards provided to American poets; a Pushcart Prize; and a Residency from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She is also a recipient of the Oscar Williams and Gene Derwood Award from The New York Community Trust; the Foundation for Contemporary Art in 1996. She is a recipient of grants and awards from the NEA, NYFA, and a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award in 2015. Spears Jones was named in Essence.comas one of its “40 Poets They Love” in 2010. In 2018, her poem “Seraphim” is listed in The New Yorker‘s Year in Poems. She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press and five chapbooks including Living in the Love Economy. She has been a fellow at Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA), Yaddo, the Millay Colony and in 2018was granted a Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL and an international residency via The Bau Institute at Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France.
For twelve years Randy Cohen wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards. This live show is also taped and broadcast at a later date on public radio throughout the Northeast (WNYE, 91.5 FM in NYC).
Music will be played between each segment and provided by Piedmont Bluz.
The Piedmont Blūz acoustic duo, Valerie and Ben Turner, are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of finger-picking, and their mission is to help preserve these rural, east coast traditions by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo feel that “there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said” so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song. Inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2018.