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spacer.gif   November 8: Woman Made Gallery Presents Looking South, A Free Poetry Reading
Posted by : cj on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 11:41 AM
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NEW CHICAGO SCHOOL OF POETICS

Sunday, November 8, 2009
WomanMade Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Ave
Presents "Looking South"
2 to 4 PM, free

This exciting poetry event will include work that examines "South" as landscape, memory, and culture via music, food and language, along the theme of displacement, migration, borderlands etc.

Readers include Kelly Norman Ellis, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Irasema Gonzalez, Diana Pando, Roger Bonair-Agard, and Caprice Banks.

According to the ART BOTANAS blog: "Diana Pando is a megaphone for Latinos in the arts. From poetry to press releases she wields her communications skills to generate arts press coverage for various arts organizations. She is one of the founding members of Proyecto Latina, a collaborative between Teatro Luna and Tianguis Bookstore and former contributing writer for Dinero Magazine.

She has contributed writing to Teatro Luna’s critically acclaimed show MACHOS, Lunaticas, collaborated with Artist Luis DeLaTorre and maintains a blog called Art Botanas for Latinos in the arts. She is a member of the Latina Leadership Council for the Chicago Foundation for Women."

Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow and co-author of Burning Down the House. He is a two-time National Slam Champion and is co-founder of The louderARTS Project. Roger's work has been widely anthologized and commissioned and he has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour.

Roger's new collection of poems 'tarnish and masquerade' is forthcoming from Cypher Books in the Spring of 2006. He teaches and performs throughout the world and keeps his belongings in Brooklyn.

For more information about Irasema Gonzalez, check out this inerview.

You can hook up with Caprice Banks on Facebook.

Toni Asante Lightfoot is a graduate of Cave Canem African American Writer's Workshop and a teacher of writing workshops. This whirlwind of a woman is co-founder of the poetry collective the Modern Urban Griots. She is a leader in the national arts organization, Blackout Arts Collective.

Ms. Lightfoot was President of the African American Writers Guild, founded by Marita Golden. In November 2002 Lightfoot became the Business and Outreach Manager Guild Complex in Chicago. Lightfoot has authored several books including two collections of poems entitled Kiss My Ears Like Jazz and Unearthing Me.

Dr. Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English and associate director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chicago State University. Her work has appeared in Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Prose, Spirit and Flame, Role Call: a Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Calyx, Cornbread Nation 3;Obsidian II; The Ringing Ear, PMS, America, What’s My Name and Essence Magazine.

She has also contributed book reviews to Black Issues Book Review. Her first collection of poetry entitled Tougaloo Blues was published by Third World Press. She is a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. She currently resides on the Southside of Chicago.

 
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