Monthly Archives for December 2015

High-Profile Black Actors Pay Tribute to Trayvon Martin: “Little Black Boy Wonder”

Written and produced by TVs hit show ‘POWER’  leading star and respected poet Omari Hardwick along with, Marlon Wayans, David Oyelowo, Eriq La Salle and Gary Dourdan perform ‘TRAYVON MARTIN’ Dedication
Directed by Mo McRae.
Featuring: Aaron D Spears, Affion Crockett, Bill Duke, Brian Dobbins, David Oweloyo, Eriq LaSalle, Gary Dourdan, Isaiah Roberts, Jay Ellis, Marlon Wayans, Mo McRae, Omar Benson Miller, Omari Hardwick, Robbie Jones, Pastor Toure Roberts, Sugar Shane Mosely,Wesley Jonathan, and Wren Brown.

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Saul Williams on the Paris Attacks and the role of the artist

Poet and performer Saul Williams swings through studio q to discuss his upcoming album “Martyr. Loser. King.” — a title that makes him break into uproarious laughter. In an energetic and wide-ranging conversation, Williams explains how poets are like hackers, why losers are the real winners, and how to hand your life over to service.

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Sarah Kay on Art, Poetry, and Life on the Road

This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Sarah Kay, the world-famous spoken word poet. Brian and Sarah talk about how 9/11 impacted her life as a young artist and why people feel unwelcome in the “house of poetry.” Plus, Sarah discusses life on the road as an educator and poet, why she sees art as an exchange of gifts, and how she was confused for the wait staff just before giving the TED Talk that changed her life.

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Reginald Dwayne Betts, BASTARDS OF THE REAGAN ERA

Poet, memorists, and teacher Reginald Dwayne Betts discusses and reads from his latest offering ‘Bastards of The Reagan Era’ … listen as he breaks it down in his own words

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Phil Kaye // “Repetition” (Poetry Observed)

AN AWARD-WINNING POET AND CO-DIRECTOR OF PROJECT VOICE,
PHIL KAYE HAS PERFORMED AROUND THE WORLD
IN VENUES FROM SOLD OUT THEATERS TO MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISONS.

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Savannah Brown- Hi, I’m a Slut – A Slam Poem

Check out London Poet Savannah Brown throwing down a Poem that needs no intoduction..

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Ursula Rucker: Return To Innocence Lost (From The Poet DVD)

Spoken word recording artists, well known for her features on The Roots Album and her collection of solo works from ‘Supa Sista’ to ‘She said’. Has been a shining light in the spoken word community for some time now. Take a look at her performance of ‘Return To Innocence Lost’ from the roots album ‘Things Fall Apart’

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The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop

The BreakBeat Poets are the scribes recording and remixing a fuller spectrum of experience of what it means to be alive in this moment. The BreakBeat Poets are a break with the past and an honoring of the tradition(s), an undeniable body expanding the canon for the fresher. the book is availablbe now http://www.breakbeatpoets.com/ 

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Tips on Becoming The Best Artist from Kevin Coval

‘i hated poems….cause i thought that they  where only done  by dead white dudes that got lost in the forrest’ take a listen to accomplished poet and writer Kevin Coval drop a few gems about the writing process…… Also check out ‘Break Beat Poets’ if you have been under a rock lol

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Lemon Andersen new LeBron James poem

Tony award winning Poet Lemon Andersen debuts his new poem about LeBron James at E.J. Thomas Hall.

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“The The Impotence of Proofreading,” by TAYLOR MALI

TAYLOR MALI, one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” He is a four-time National Poetry Slam champion and the author of four books, including What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World.

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Alyesha Wise – “To This Black Woman Body, Part I”

Alyesha Wise is a published Poet, Teaching Artist, Creator and TEDx Speaker, Ms. Wise was the 2014 Hollywood (Da Poetry Lounge) Grand Slam Champion and a member of the 2014 & 2015 Hollywood Slam Team. She is a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, a 2-time Philadelphia Grand Slam Champion and a Southern Fried Poetry Slam Team Champion. Ms. Wise co-coaches the Get Lit Youth Slam Team that competed at the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam.

 

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Beau Sia ‘MEMORY SUCKS’

Beau Sia is a Tony Award winning poet and world-renowned performer, featured on all 6 seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and the winner of two National Poetry Slam championships. He is the author of the poetry books A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge and The Undisputed Greatest Writer Of All Time. As an educator, he has been mentoring youth for organizations such as Youthspeaks, Urban Word, and GetLit. Beau currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his first solo play.

Beau Sia takes a walk down MEMORY lane and explains why it sucks

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PYPM Presents: BLACKOUT – “Dystopia”

In the words of Kanye West ‘listen to the kids bro’…. The Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement  presents”Dystopia” a poem from the PYPM showcase “BLACKOUT”
Performed by: Jamal Parker, Soledad Alfaro-Allah, Lee Mokobe, & Otter Jung-Allen.

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Malik Yusef w/ Kanye West & Common – Like To Ride?

For those that aren’t familiar with Malik Yusef, here is good place to start. Well respected in both the hiphop and the spoken word community, Malik Yusef has been pushing spoken word to new heights. The Chi-town native enlist a couple friends

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Kai Davis – Black girl

Philadelphia Poet Kai Davis spreads sunlight on the life of black girls

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Saul Williams NEW Release: MARTYR LOSER KING

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Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney’s collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection. His third poetry collection, Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014) examines miscarriage, infertility, and parenthood and was a finalist for the California Book Award in Poetry. Cultural critic Greg Tate remarked that Kearney’s second book, National Poetry Series selection, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), “flows from a consideration of urban speech, negro spontaneity and book learning.” A collection of opera libretti—Someone Took They Tongues.—is forthcoming from Subito Press. He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry, nocturnesPleiadesIowa ReviewBoston Review, and Indiana Review; and anthologies, including Best American PoetryBest American Experimental WritingWide Awake, and What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Poets in America.Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.

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Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley is the author of the new black (winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry), a half-red sea, two chapbooks, and the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry.  Her poetry and criticism appears widely in journals and anthologies, and she currently serves as creative writing editor at Feminist Studies.  She is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

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JAMILA WOODS in Poetry Magazine

“you must be/made of money./your parents/must have grown on trees.”

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Nick Sturm On TED BERRIGAN’S ART WRITING in Fanzine

“What’s immediately clear from reading Berrigan’s art writing is that the New York art world was a scene that Berrigan was completely and happily entangled in. It was work that, threaded with friendships and his own aesthetic self-education, placed him in a direct lineage with the poet-art critics he most admired: John Ashbery, James Schuyler, and Frank O’Hara.”

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Interview: Poet & Translator Don Mee Choi at Two Voices Salon

Don Mee Choi in the Two Lines Press offices to discuss her work with Korean poet Kim Hysoon in a conversation with Two Lines Press’s Scott Esposito. The conversation centered around Choi’s latest translation of Kim’s work, Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream, which was published in 2014 by Action Books, although it spanned the length of Choi’s involvement with Kim, which goes back to the early 2000s and the many translations they have collaborated on. The conversation included discussions of Action Books’ ideas of translation (epitomized in publisher Johannes Göransson and Joyelle McSweeney’sDeformation Zone), the aesthetic of the “gurlesque,” Kim as a feminist writer, and Kim’s overall stance vis a vis K Pop, the history of Korean literature, and international culture. Below you will find audio of this event and a table of contents.

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Lit Hub’s 30 MUST-READ POETRY DEBUTS FROM 2015

This year Literary Hub asked over 30 poets who published books in 2015 (or more exactly, between December 2014 and December 2015) to tell us about their debuts, which as any author will know is an incomparably special moment at the end of an inexorably laborious process. Their answers and collections reveal the enormous vitality and diversity of contemporary poetry—and while these debuts (from indie, small and big presses) showcase a diversity of identity, style and subject matter, it cannot be forgotten that there are many debut poetry titles not on this list, such as Robin Coste Lewis’s Voyage of the Sable Venus, this year’s winner of the National Book Awards in poetry.

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William Logan and The State of Criticism

“That is the world of which most critics of poetry write, and the only thing that distinguishes most critics of poetry from a publicity department is that the critics often write for free.”

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Boston Review’s 2015 Poetry Contest Winner: Safiya Sinclair

From judge Cathy Park Hong:

“I love her poetry for its ominous authority and its driving cadence reminiscent of Aimé Césaire. Again and again, especially in a poem like “Portrait of Eve as the Anaconda,” Sinclair presents the woman as chimera; her heroines are part machine (“glowing engine timed to blow”), part monster (“Gorgon-slick”), and part goddess (“my wings pinned wide in parthenogenesis”).”

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LO KWA MEI-EN

Zebra heart, cross it out, or let a boy make a bridle and a ride and a
blur on white on blacklight. Oh the hot era, extinction in theory,
X chromosome, X chromosome, sex pheromone, when some magic
deletes all thought to death.

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Laura A. Warman in Imperial Matters

“i want to fuck both of them but maybe not at the/same time a woman has trouble getting her beautiful dog to move/the beautiful dog has one of those collars that makes the dog”

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Entropy Magazine’s Best Books of Poetry 2015

“This list brings together some of our favorite poetry books & collections published in 2015.”

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REWIND: AMIRI BARAKA

Poet E. Ethelbert Miller introduces Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) in this 1998 edition of HoCoPoLitSo's The Writing Life.

Amiri Baraka ( October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014) is a well known African-American writer of fiction, drama, poetry and music. With books such as Tales of the Out and the Gone, he has received the PEN Open Book Award and is also respected as one of the most widely published African American authors of his generation. Apart from writing, Baraka is considered as a revolutionary political activist and has given lectures on various political and cultural issues extensively throughout Europe, Africa, USA and the Caribbean.

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Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Here he is reading at Berkeley University's noon time reading series LUNCH POEMS

Gregory Pardlo’s ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest​ was also shortlisted for the​ 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo’s poems appear in​ The Nation, Ploughshares, ​Tin House, T​he Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.

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REQUIRED READING: NEW IDEAS ABOUT BLACK EXPERIMENTAL POETRY

Elizabeth Alexander's critical essay from 2011 in Michigan Quarterly Review

“But the specific question I want to press, nonetheless, is what are some other ways we can define ‘black experimentalism'”?

 

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Georgia Me – Full Body Potential

Atlanta’s Queen of spoken word Georgia Me performs Full Body Potential on Def Poetry

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Mayda del Valle at TEDxOlympicBlvdWomen

Mayda del Valle delivers 2 powerful poems about women in her life on TEDtalks….

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Prentice Powell featured on Arsenio Hall

Prentice Powell ‘Good Father’ performed live on The Arsenio Hall show

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Black Ice ‘Who would I be’

The Legendary Black Ice Ladies and Gentlemen…..

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