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On July 8 & 9, 2015, Poetic People Power will present its 13th annual show. This year's show, #AntiSocial: The Dark Side of Social Media, will premiere new poems about social media, how it's become more toxic in recent years, and how it's affecting our behavior, relationships and society. Through this informative and entertaining spoken word show, poets explore topics including public shaming and sexism online, the psychological effects of social media, government and corporate surveillance, and how companies like Facebook and Twitter are changing the way we think, conduct business, and interact with others. For 13 years, Poetic People Power has creatively explored social and political topics, offering insight and solutions to issues that affect our everyday lives. This year's poets include Bogar Alonso, Tara Bracco, Karla Jackson-Brewer, Angela Kariotis, Shetal Shah, and Jonathan Walton. Purchase tickets online at

Poetic People Power is an ongoing project that combines poetry and social change. We present informative and engaging poetry shows about important issues that affect our everyday lives. In addition to our annual shows, we also bring our work to schools, festivals, and perform at non-profit fundraisers.

Here's what the press is saying:

“Exciting, engaging, and inspirational.” - The Huffington Post

“A love song to a bygone New York City.” - The Epoch Times

Here's what audience members have said:

“Moving and inspiring.”

“It moved me to tears.”

“Poetic People are a powerhouse.”

“A very New York City experience.”

“So good. Presented intelligently.”

“A powerful and moving experience.”

“10 years, many venues, many poems, a trip through time.”

“Great show. Very inspiring. I wish there was more.”

“I loved it. Awesome set.”

“Wonderful experience.”

“All of the thoughtful, intelligent, creative and inspiring pieces made for an amazing show.”

“I hope you continue to produce these events, and that I am always able to attend because they change me every year.”

“I was totally influenced by it. My water habits have changed since then.”

“The show brings people into the personal experience of the water crisis instead of just saying here’s the facts. It affects people more deeply.”

“I was really inspired by this evening. Tara is a great producer, moderator, and poet!”

“A professional, inspiring, joyful event. Tara is the master of bringing art and political commentary together.”

“I loved it. So many inspired voices.”

“Amazing Poetic People Power show tonight, produced by the awesome Tara Bracco. I felt lucky to be in attendance.”

“Thank you and the artists for coming out to our campus and taking part in our Earthstock week. Everyone loved all the artists and their poems.”

“It seemed to me that the best of the best were in that room to be heard and recognized as a new generation of poets.”

“This is a beautifully organized event and an amazing concept.”

“Tara has a knack for choosing poets that make you feel like going out and changing the world.”