Collaborating Artists

Ric Meyers Drawing

Over the years, a number of artists have generously collaborated with Poez:

Abby (last name unknown) one summer day in 1980 in Washington Square Park walked up to Poez and handed him a drawing of himself and a small crowd of  listeners.  He never heard from her again.  Her exquisite drawing appears on the POET BAZOOKAED ON W. 4TH STREET! page of this website.  

Decentralized Tommy gives his occupation as "care taker" and his interest or hobby as "exposing corruption and injustices."  January 30, 2008, he posted on YouTube a video mix of Spontaneous Combustion (click here).

Leigh Bradford  earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City, then worked for design studios and as an art director for Mirabella magazine. After her son, Cole, was born she decided to relocate to Iowa.  Leigh worked as a freelance designer, and on the staff of The University of Iowa Printing Department.  In 2001 she opened a furniture and lifestyle store, Salon, in downtown Iowa City, later moving to Old Capitol Mall, where it reopened as Meta Home.  Ms. Bradford provided the artwork for this website's home page; illustrated The Monotone which also appears on this website, and designed iconic backdrops for Poez' science fiction drama The Qandava, produced at Folk City.  

Lisa Bradley is an internationally-renowned painter, whose work has been exhibited and reviewed for more than 30 years at galleries and museums in New York, Paris, Washington, DC, Los Angeles,  Chicago, Boston, Tokyo, San Francisco, Brussels, and Dakar, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Betty Parsons Gallery.  Critics have paised her work in Artforum, Art Times, and Arts Magazine.  Her resume and work are currently published on the web by New York's Lesley Heller Gallery (click here).   Ms. Bradley  took a number of photographs of Poez, including the photo of him wearing a double-breasted pinstripe jacket that appeared on numerous posters and publications, and the photos of him performing in Boston and Lincoln Center that appear on this website.  

Peter J. Fillingham  was an extraordinary photographer who carried out a project photographing New York poets in the late 1970's.  His photograph of Poez, taken at Soho Books was used on countless Poez posters and by various publication writing about Poez, and appears on the About Poez page of this website. 

Rick Fricano is a Minnesota-based musician and songwriter who has written and YouTubed two songs, based on the Poez poems Love or Money" and The Monotone. Rick Fricano has written well over 500 songs. He plays guitar, drums, bass, keyboards, harmonica, mandolin and banjo ("Very Badly though.") His new internet-only release is called Written Review and is now on itunes for download in USA, Britain, Japan, Australia and Canada. 16 original songs. The album is split into two parts of 8 songs each. ASCAP Member & Grottyflop Publishing. For his MySpace website, click here.

Patrick Kenny was the owner and operator of Kenny's Castaways Bar in New York City, also of The Bitter End (The Other End).  In the 70s, The Castaways was the leading Greenwich Village venue for musical performers to work and launch their careers, often under Pat's personal guidance, including Deborah Harry, Aerosmith, The Marshall Tucker Band, Patti Smith, The Roches, Steve Forbert, Willie Nile, The Spin Doctors, and Blues Traveler. In 1980, The Smithereens were the house band, and Phish played their first ever New York City show at Kenny's in 1988 After hearing one audition in 1977, Pat Kenny gave Poez a weekly show that ran for years, also booking him into The Bitter End.  Pat Kenny died in 2002.  

Charles Ludlam was a world-renowned playwright and actor, also the director of The Ridiculous Theater at One Sheridan Square in New York City.  He created the role of  The Man Who Can't Stop Talking for Poez, allowing him to improvise nightly onstage at The Ridiculous Theater in Mr. Ludlam's original comedy, The Elephant Woman.  Mr. Ludlam died in 1987.  Numerous websites recount Mr. Ludlam's life and accomplishments, including Wikipedia.  Click here.

Ric Meyers has worked in almost every pop culture medium. His comic book work includes the 60th anniversary issue of Detective and the new Jackie Chan comic from Topps. He served as consulting editor for Famous Monsters of Filmland, associate editor of Starlog, and head writer for Fangoria. He is movie columnist for Inside Kung-Fu, The Armchair Detective and Asian Cult Cinema magazines.  His novels include science-fiction (Doomstar and Return to Doomstar for Questar), thrillers (Dragon Rising, The Kohga Ritual et al for Warner Books), horror (Fear Itself, Living Hell and Worst Nightmare for Dell), and fantasy mystery (Murder in Halruaa for TSR's Forgotten Realms). His non-fiction includes the Edgar-nominated TV Detectives and Murder on the Air as well as Martial Arts Movies: From Bruce Lee to the Ninja, For One Week Only: The World of Exploitation Films and The Great Science Fiction Films.  A kind supporter of Poez, he created the drawing that appears at the top of this page, also used in Poez posters.  

Patrice Regnier has choreographed, directed and produced over 200 performances and events in venues such as the Joyce Theater, Alice Tully Hall, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors in New York, the Châtelet Theater and the Avignon Festival in France, and the Opera House in Cologne and Academie de Kuntz in Berlin, Germany. A graduate of the Julliard School and Interlochen Arts Academy, her choreography has been commissioned by theater and dance groups in the US and Europe. She is founder of three entities - ARTeam, an association of art and technology experts, Human Development Productions which is a film and video group and RUSH DANCE Company which for more than 20 years presented regular seasons in New York as well as toured internationally. The Burlington Noontime Festival was founded and produced by Patrice as well as the At Home On Broadway series. Ms Regnier's work for film and television has been broadcast nationally in several countries including France, Japan, Russia and the US. Her awards include first prize for Art de Synthese from Paris Cité; double prize winner at the International Choreographer's Competition, and the Clark Center Award. In 1981, after seeing his performance she choreographed for performance by her troupe, the RUSH DANCE CompanySponteneous Combustion by Poez, which he performed with the company, live, in New York and Paris.  Ms. Regnier has her own website.  Click here.

The Roommates was a popular group of  three singer-songwriter-guitarists who performed in New York at Folk City and numerous other folk venues on the East Coast in the late 70's.  Their names were Lucy Kaplansky, Jan Melchior, and Judy Dunleavy, and their group's name derived from the fact that they shared a two-bedroom apartment on the Lower East Side near the intersection of First Avenue and First Street.  Lucy Kaplansky, described by The New Yorker as "a truly gifted performer, with strong flat picking and a bag full of enchanting songs," continues to perform and has her own website.  Click here.    In 1983, The Roommates performed at The Other End a poem for three voices, in fact written for them by Poez, entitled I Saw My Shrink Today.  

Suzanne Vega's name has been a household word throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia as a singer and songwriter since the release of her song Luka in 1987. Paul Mills (Poez) authored her first published review in March 1982. She shared the microphone in a live radio broadcast with Poez in the Fall of 1982 on WHRW-FM, the radio station of Binghamton University in upstate New York, and wrote about their relationship in the song Freeze Tag, released in 1985.  They married February 11, 2006 at her home in New York City, and a song about their renewed relationship, Bound, appears on her 2007 album, Beauty and Crime.  Ms. Vega has her own website.  Click here.

Greg Walz was a freelance photographer in New York in the late 1970s whose photographs were used in Poez posters, and appear on this website.  

Irene Young has captured still images of musicians, actors, and writers for thirty years, producing three videos and a book of photographs. Her poetry has appeared in three anthologies. As a result of her 2005 battle with breast cancer, she produced Glass Half Full, a compilation CD that benefits two breast cancer awareness/prevention organizations. Click here. Over the years, she has also been commissioned to depict AIDS projects in the San Francisco Bay area, and the courageous spirit of young patients in numerous children’s hospitals. Her clients, too numerous to mention, include Warner Brothers, Columbia, Motown, Windham Hill, Narada, Virgin, Rounder, Red House, and Blix Street Records; Harper Collins, Fawcett, Doubleday, and Henry Holt and Company Publishers; Hewlett Packard, Panasonic, Paula Dorf Cosmetics, Bodymasters, and The World Cup Catalogue. Her photographs have appeared in many national and international publications, including Us Magazine, Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, People Magazine, and The Utne Reader. Young has been a guest teacher at The San Francisco Art Institute and The School of Visual Arts in New York City.  Irene Young has her own website.  Click here.  In 1981, Irene Young took photographs of Poez which were used in numerous posters, and appear on the Chronology page of this website.  

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