Free to everyone!

On the first Wednesday of each month, join us for free homecooked dinners, good vibes, better people, and entertainments. Each Bailout Theater date will rotate between music and dance.

7:00 PM - Doors open at 55 Washington, Square South at the Corner of Thompson Street - Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

7:15 PM - Free dinner: Potluck donations welcomed (but not required).

8:00 PM - Free entertainment: See the schedule below. No reservations required.

No cost, no catch, no proselytizing, no processed food.


Wednesday, December 2nd
Doors open at 55 Washington Square South at 7pm
Free community meal served at 7:15pm
Free show at 8pm

featuring an evening of spoken word poetry, art, and musical performances,
"Un/Oh/Do/Mean/Wishing/Well: poetry exploring and taking apart ideas of 'well'-ness and defining self-care for ourselves,"
curated by Sarah M. Duncan, and starring
Kathi Wolfe
Ella Belenky
Marcus Demery
Joanna Hoffman
Taylor Steele
Kelli Ryan
Poorna Swami
& Sarah M. Duncan

Kathi Wolfe’s collection The Uppity Blind Girl Poems, 2014 Stonewall Competition winner, was published in 2015 by BrickHouse Books. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine and other publications. A 2008 Lambda Literary Foundation LGBTQ Emerging Writer, she is a contributor to the anthology Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability.

Ella Belenky (b. 1991) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, installation, animation, puppetry, and more. Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Belenky received her B.A. in Studio Arts from Bard College in 2013. She was awarded the Bard College Elizabeth Murray and Sol Lewitt Award in 2013 and has completed artist residencies at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany, The Stable Project in Stockbridge, Vermont, and The Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Belenky has exhibited and performed widely throughout the New York area and beyond, with recent shows and performances at Vasquez Building in Bushwick, NY, Here Arts performance space in Manhattan, and had a painting included in the 2015 Human Rights Watch Benefit Auction. Belenky is proud to combine her fine art practice with social justice and education aims, volunteering as a GED tutor through the Bard Prison Initiative to help at-risk youths earn their high school equivalencies at United Way, New York, and leading stop-motion animation courses for students throughout New York's extensive boroughs.

Marcus Demery
Musician, Photographer, Writer, Political Activist, M.J. Demery has seen it and written it down for records. From Indianapolis, Indiana, he subsequently moved to Chicago to pursue a career in photography. Then, Occupy Wall street happened. His photographic work has been seen in the Chicago Tribune, adbusters magazine and The Chicago Reader. Not feeling satisfied, he picked up writing and wrote a few books, one being self published. Still pursuing art, he has focused on his music skills with guitar and vocals in the blues rhythm and idiom. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Joanna Hoffman is a poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She has been on 5 National Poetry Slam teams, ranked 4th at the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and was the 2012 champion of Capturing Fire, an international LGBTQ poetry competition. Her full-length book of poetry, Running for Trap Doors (Sibling Rivalry Press) was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and featured in the American Library Association's list of recommended LGBT reading for 2014. Her work has appeared in literary journals and publications including decomP, PANK, Union Station Magazine, The Legendary, Sinister Wisdom and in the Write Bloody Publishing anthologies We Will be Shelter and Multiverse. When not performing poems, Joanna works at a nonprofit, bikes around Brooklyn and tries to convince her cat to wear bow ties. You can find her at

Taylor Steele is a spoken word artist, screenwriter, playwright, and essayist. She received her BA from The New School University, graduating with Departmental Honors in Cultural and Screen Studies. She has been published by Thought Catalog, Apogee Journal, HEArt Journal, Wicked Banshee Press and Blackberry Magazine. Taylor placed 5th in the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and was a member of the winning team at Northbeast Underground Tournament Slam. She is particularly called to write about politics of the body and believes in the power of art to change, shape, and heal.

Kelli Ryan was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2003, majoring in Visual Arts. She later attended the School of Visual Arts in New York for Illustration and received a BFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. Longing to have a more visceral, interactive experience with her audience, Kelli’s studies at the San Francisco Art Institute assisted her in transitioning from painting and 2-D art to performance art and music. She is currently training in Jazz vocal studies at Hunter College in New York and has performed in various musical venues and gallery spaces in San Francisco, New York, Paris, and Berlin. Today, Kelli’s studio practice blends together both painting and music in hopes to blur the lines between artist/performer and audience. To find out more about Kelli Ryan please visit

Poorna Swami is a writer, choreographer, and dancer currently based in New York City. Originally from Bangalore, India, she is Editor-at-Large, India for Asymptoteand has presented her writing at Mount Holyoke College, University of Connecticut, The New England Translators Association reading series, the Wassaic Project Festival, and The Emily Dickinson Museum. Her poetry is forthcoming in Indiana Review.

Sarah M. Duncan originally hails from Normal, Illinois (really). She is a queer multidisciplinary writer, performer, teacher, and arts organizer. Her poetry has been published by Ghost House Review, nin Poetry Journal, and Asinine Poetry, Broadside Journal. Sarah performs in and curates poetry events around NYC, and her most recent play "Come Back Up" was recently produced this past August by Sanguine Theater Company. She is currently collaborating in a visual poetry project with French artist Anne de Beauford. Additionally, she is beginning a suite of poems exploring the relationship between the idea of God and our very real and often troublesome bodies. She believes (almost) absolutely everything is invented.





Judson Memorial Church is located at 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.

Public Transportation:
ABCDEFM to West 4th Street station - at Avenue of the Americas
NR to 8th Street station - at Broadway
1 to Christopher Street station - at 7th Avenue
PATH train to 9th Street station


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