Zoe Jade Austin, Paula Curci and Tullio Vacchio Performing Emissary

In the late 1990’s Poets Paula Curci, Zoe Jade Austin, and Carol Carroll hosted several ‘Underground Poetry Party’ open mic events on Long Island, NY. They created theatrical poetry events including a staged reading of ‘Love is Like That’, a collection of their poems about relationships. They also sponsored Paula’s poetry play called ‘Letter’s Never Sent-One Woman’s Cathartic Release in Poetry’ and were interviewed as the ‘Acoustic Poets’ on the late Robert Dunn’s Poet to Poet show on Manhattan Cable.

By 1999, both Paula and Zoe formed The Acoustic Poets Network ™ and they continued hosting open mic nights using Paula’s Posics™ brand. “Posics” is Paula’s unique poetic and aesthetic style of singing and recitation and it is prominent in her poetry and in all The Acoustic Poets Network ™ poetry performances. APN blended the prolific work created by Zoe and Paula and it was enhanced by Tullio Vacchio’s rich guitar work. The stellar Mike Sapone, of Sapone Studies in Bethpage NY, engineered both Emissary: A Journey in Spoken Word and Music and Bittersweet.

Bittersweet, APN’s second CD, was dropped in 2004. Other contributors to this project included guitarist Vinne Dean Del Basso, of the Broward Rockers, The Peters Family, bassist Glen Roberts and sax player Jim Halpern.

Although the original Acoustic Poets Network ™ is no longer a band, as the Poet Laureate of Nassau County, NY, Paula is transforming the network once again. She is working with a group of poets to develop community-based programs to encourage appreciation for the spoken and written word. APN will visit schools, libraries and other community-based organizations, facilitating open mics and poetry workshops.

Paula continues to read her poetry at open mic events, recording new poems and perfecting her Posics™ brand of performance poetry. Paula’s most recent CD entitled, Done That: Poetry and Posics™, by Paula Curci and the Acoustic Poets Network™ was released in 2022, and coincided with the release of a double book of poetry by the same name. The album’s cover features the artwork of Kiki Calafell, Zoe’s intro voice on Spaghetti Western, Christopher Carroll (of Mantra Studios in Island Park, NY) on Tabla drums and Peyton Pleninger on saxophone.