Ten Cent Poetry is the moniker of Chelsea Lynn LaBate, a poet, songwriter and composer who spent some formative years performing in New York City’s Lower East Side before moving to Asheville. While in NYC, LaBate would print copies of her drawings and poems with invitations to her shows written on the back. The printing costs ten cents — thus the moniker.
LaBate now has four releases to her credit, the most recent being Picking Through the Pawn Shop from February 2011. All her releases, including Live in Brooklyn, Carboard Crowns and Lip to Lip, Dust to Chalk are available at CD Baby.
LaBate is also vice president of Girls Rock Asheville (GRAVL), a nonprofit organization dedicated to “empowering girls, trans youth and ladies of all backgrounds and abilities through music education,” which is part of the national Girls Rock Camp Alliance. Mentors of GRAVL, including Bate, work to encourage positive identity development, musical experimentation, peer collaboration and DIY production. You can learn more about GRAVL on their Facebook page.
You can connect with Ten Cent Poetry at tencentpoetry.com or on Facebook. LaBate and her full band, including violin, viola and cello players, will be performing ay Hotel Indigo on Saturday, May 3, at 10 p.m. as part of Asheville Wordfest.
Ten Cent Poetry performing “The Meaning of Mine” at Sherwood’s Music. (Carrie Eidson/ Mountain Xpress)