Monday, November 27, 2006

Monday Notes

Upcoming Events In and Around NY/NJ
Several friends have alerted me to upcoming events they'll be participating in. At Princeton University. From Dr. SWEAT:

Tracie Morris performs
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 8:30 pm, Murray Dodge Cafe (Princeton U)
free admission; open to the public

All are invited to a Dinner & Discussion on Poetry, Politics, and Performance with Tracie Morris and Professor Melissa V. Harris Lacewell (African American Studies, Politics); Professor Meredith Martin (ENG; fall freshman seminar, "Poetry and the Public Sphere"); and Cotsen Postdoc Fellow Mendi Obadike (ENG, spring freshman seminar, "The Idea of Black Music") Friday, Dec. 1, 6:00 pm; Mathey Private Dining Room (Princeton University) Space is limited! RSVP to Julia Schwartz:

December 5 Tracy K. Smith and Mendi Obadike
Tuesday, December 5, 4:30 p.m
Contemporary Poetry Colloquium (Poets in Conversation)
Reading and discussing new work
(Princeton University, location TBA)
A reception will follow

Also at Princeton, from Dr. Audiologo:

"Tarry On/Because I Must" [will be] showing as part of the Music Composition Program's monthly Composer's Ensemble series at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall (2nd Floor), Princeton University. The series is free and open to the public. December's concert is devoted to sound and video work, and will also feature my talented colleagues Seth Cluett, Betsey Biggs, Scott Smallwood, Christopher Tignor, and Judd Greenstein.

From Evie Shockley:

everyone in and around nyc -- including anyone who just happens to be in the neighborhood at the time -- is invited to come out and celebrate my new book with me on monday, december 4, at bar 13. the good folks at louderARTS have graciously made a space for me in their reading series. the show starts at 7:30, with an open mic to kick things off, so bring a poem if you're feeling moved to share. : ) the address for bar 13 is 35 east 13th street, at university place, on the second floor. for more details, see: Louder Arts.

From Tara Betts:

OK, if you'd like to spend a Sunday at Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery
b/t Bleecker & Bowery), I will be there for two separate readings. One
for the Bowery Women anthology in the late afternoon (2 p.m.-5 p.m.)
with the likes of Ms. Lynne Procope, and another reading at 8 p.m. with
Ms. Evie Shockley and Metta Samma. If you can come to one or BOTH, I'd
love to see you. There is a press release below detailing the lineup
for the 8 p.m. reading which is responding to artwork inspired by the
confederate flag and John Sims' artwork.
take care,

Bowery Poetry Club – 308 Bowery – between Bleecker-Houston
October 27 - December 4, 2006
The Closing, “The Poetic Reflections”
Sunday Dec 3, 7 p.m. $10

performances & appearances by Amiri Baraka, Tara Betts, Bob Holman,
Celena Glenn and John Sims’ “Recoloration Proclamation Trailer”

On December 3 at 7pm, John Sims will present the trailer for his
documentary film, “Recoloration Proclamation." The closing will feature
noted poet/activist Amiri Baraka and other poets including Bob Holman,
Beau Sia, Mahogany Browne, Rich Villar, Kelly Tsai, Evie Shockley,
Metta Samma (Lydia Melvin), Celena Glenn, Survivor, Tara Betts and
others, with responses/reflections to the Confederate Flag. A blues
version of Dixie will be performed by June April and hip hop version by
Tavi & Phes.


Editor Randall Horton helped put together a reading. We'll be reading
together with Dante Micheaux, dear DC head Truth Thomas and Deborah Poe
reading our poems in the new Third World Press anthology Fingernails
Across a Chalk Board: Poetry & Prose on HIV in the Black Diaspora at
Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. The free reading takes place in the
Aula at Ely Hall at 8 p.m.

From the Asian American Writers' Workshop:

Monday, December 4, 7pm
at The Asia Society
725 Park Ave @ 70th St
New York City

Please join us in celebrating the winners:

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang
(Picador USA) Nonfiction
Presented by Greg Tate
Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap (Grove Press) Fiction
Presented by Brian Leung
Mad Science in Imperial City by Shanxing Wang (Futurepoem Books) Poetry
Presented by Suji Kwock Kim
With announcement of the Members' Choice Award winner
Awards Presentation and Booksigning Reception
$12 general, $10 members, students free with ID
To purchase tickets, please call the Workshop at 212-494-0061

From Mszuliemusic:

Erica Hunt & Akilah Oliver
Belladonna Books
Tuesday, December 12, 7PM
@ Dixon Place (258 Bowery, 2nd Floor˜Between Houston & Prince)
Admission is $5 at the Door.
Also, Tara Betts has specific info on poetsister Sonia Sanchez's upcoming trial in Philadelphia. For those who'll be able to show support:

"Sonia Sanchez pulled on a myriad of influences to fortify the political awareness of the crowd by citing lyrics from the hip hop classic Rakim’s "Casualties of War” and a quote from Camus: “The nobility of our call lies in…refusal to lie about what we know and resistance to oppression. These thinkers led Sanchez into mentioning her pending December 1, 2006 court date at 8:30 a.m. in Philadelphia’s Community Court, located at 1401 Arch Street. She urged people to come support her and the other elder women who protested the enlisting of more young people and asked that they be sent instead earlier this year. These women were arrested and detained overnight before they were sentenced to trial in December."

As more notes come in, I'll be posting them.


My thoughts go out to the family and fans of writer Bebe Moore Campbell, who recently passed away at the age of 56. She was a best-selling author and talented journalist whose works helped to create the current wave of popular fiction by Black writers. I met Campbell briefly a few years ago and as I wrote on the Cave Canem listserve, she immediately struck me as a lovely and genuine person.

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