Organizer: Sarah Browning, Split This Rock
Hey, just wandered in looking for some D.C. poets that I might know. I’ve been in Bridge Street books and some other locations. I like the poem here by Tim Seibles.
Split This Rock & Hamiltonian Gallery Present:
New Voices for Change –
The DC Youth Slam Team
Saturday, September 29, 2012
1353 U Street, NW
Free & open to the public
Let’s take this one chance and be terribly
kind to each other. I’m sick of wafting around
like a fart in the attic. Leave the money
to the morticians and their cadavers.
Let’s make the most noise with our hearts.
by Tim Seibles, from “Bonobo”
Tim Seibles is the author of several books of poems including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, Buffalo Head Solos, and, most recently, Fast Animal. He is Professor of English at Old Dominion University and teaches in the Muse Writers Workshop, the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Writing Program, and Cave Canem. He has received fellowships from both the Provincetown Fine Arts Center and The National Endowment for the Arts. He also won the Open Voice Award from the 63rd Street Y in New York City.
“This is not a poetry of a highfalutin violin nor the somber cello,” wrote Sandra Cisneros of Seibles’s work, “but a melody you heard somewhere that followed you home.” Reginald McKnight testifies, “…you’ll at times feel bruised, at times made love to. I read a lot of poetry. I’ve never read poetry like this.” Seibles moves, as he says, “between the polarities of delight and rage.”
The DC Youth Slam Team, a program of Split This Rock, uses spoken word poetry to teach and empower DC teens to speak up about issues of social justice. With free weekly writing workshops, monthly open mics, poetry slams, and annual travel to regional and national competitions, the team provides training and a platform for talented District youth to develop their poetry and public speaking skills with guidance from mentors and peers.
Split This Rock calls poets to the center of public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. From our home in the nation’s capital we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination. Split This Rock’s programs integrate poetry into public life and support the poets who write and perform this vital work.
HAMILTONIAN GALLERY is a dynamic space in the heart of Washington, DC contemporary art district. The gallery focuses on works by emerging and mid-career artists. In conjunction with Hamiltonian Artists, the gallery advances the professional development of emerging artists and broadens the dialogue on contemporary art and culture through its exhibitions and public programming.
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