I'm late to posting, but BLACK Lawrence gathered for music, poetry, and more during Black History Month & it was awesome! I obviously do not follow directions since I seem to be the only one not looking at the camera.
BLACK Lawrence stands for: Black Literature & Arts Collective of Kansas, Lawrence
BLACK Lawrence believes in the celebration of black creative expression as a vehicle for artist & community growth. We seek to elevate the dialogue around the meaning of being a black artist & creating black art. We are artists of various mediums, including visual art, music, poetry & more! Each of our members comes as they are to inspire & support each other. Through workshops & showcases, it is our mission to assist black artists in networking with one another & the community, as well as to transform spaces to become inclusive of black people.
Check out I Heart Local Musics's photo gallery featuring performances from Femme Fest 2019 in Lawrence, KS. I shared the stage with local musicians, read new poems, kept my coat on the entire time, and if you really want to know, it all went very well.
So excited to be performing at this year's Femme Fest! Shout out to Grace D. Chin for designing this gorgeous flyer.
I read some poems from my newest book at the Myers Hotel Revue with musical accompaniment from some really talented musicians. It's the closest I'll ever get to being in a band. It was also one of the best experiences I've ever had. Huge thanks to Heidi Gluck and everyone I shared the stage with. What a special night!
It's been a busy semester, so I'm just getting around to making a bit of noise about Charlotte Seley's new book The World is My Rival. I'm so honored she asked me to share the stage on such a special night. Other featured readers were Courtney Faye Taylor and Cassandra Gillig. It was such a great night and I'm happy to have this book in my hands. Also, thanks to Chad for these pics :)