Saturday, March 18, 2000

Tom Nattell

TOM NATTELL, CHARLIE ROSSITER and DAN WILCOX are friends who share the idea that poetry should be part of society rather than apart from it. Relevant, communicative and above all, honest. As they put it, "We’re trying to help more people find out how neat poetry is."

The 3 GUYS FROM ALBANY became a formal group 1993 and have performed their work throughout the Northeast and Midwest in coffee houses, bars, libraries, community centers, at colleges, and on street corners, mostly in towns named Albany.

Their Pacific Coast tour included a benefit performance for the Albany Regional Museum and West Albany High School on Thursday, a show at CafĂ© Lena in Portland last night, here in Newport tonight, Grassroots Books in Corvallis tomorrow, and at the Salem Book Bin on Monday, followed by a LIVE interview on KBOO radio’s "Talking Earth" show in Portland. Then they return home to New York.

DAN WILCOX’s poems have been published in a variety of small press magazines and anthologies. He is also a photographer who has accumulated what he refers to as the "largest photo collection of unknown poets in the world."

TOM NATTELL is an environmental and peace activist who believes in using poetry and the other arts to advance peace, justice and a sane approach to the environment. He originated and hosts Albany’s oldest continuous open mic series.

CHARLIE ROSSITER, producer and host of Poetry Motel TV, has performed on KPFA in San Francisco, at the Kent State Gathering of Poets in Ohio, the Forest Gathering of Poets in Eugene, Oregon, and he helped organize all-day readings at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. He is also the co-creator of, a brand new international audio poetry website. With links to major poetry sites in Australia, Canada and the UK already in place, is aiming to become the premiere world poetry "gateway" site by leading visitors to the best sites on the globe for English-language poetry. The "3 Guys from Albany" will tape tonight’s open mike session for inclusion on this website.

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