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The Poetics of Listening: A Community Harmonic
February 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Casa Libre, HARK!, and the YWCA of Southern Arizona Present…
The Poetics of Listening: A Community Harmonic
Thursday, February 1st
$10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
What connects us? Conjure an image of freedom, what do you see? What is there to believe in? In this collaborative event hosted by Casa Libre and HARK!, 6 poets will present new work sculpted from the community’s answers to these and other questions. Come hear the poetry of community and connection on Thursday, February 1st.
Featuring performances by Kristen Nelson, Sophia Terazawa, Jane Moore, Kris Aman, Aura Valdes, and Claire Hong Meuschke!
About HARK!: HARK! is an ensemble of theatre and art-makers committed to the practice of mindful encounter with the community for the purpose of listening, archiving and devising new performance works from shared responses to critical social, political and philosophical questions. HARK! is a production of the YWCA Stand Together Arizona Training and Advocacy Center.
About Casa Libre: Casa Libre en la Solana is a small literary arts nonprofit. We work to enhance the community of writers and creatives in Tucson by holding readings, workshops, and other professional development opportunities. Check out our website at casalibre.org to learn more about us!
About the performers:
Kristen E. Nelson is a queer writer and performer, literary activist, LGBTQ+ activist, and community builder. She is the author of the length of this gap (Damaged Goods, August 2018) and two chapbooks: sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017) and Write, Dad (Unthinkable Creatures, 2012). Kristen’s poem “After the Crotalus atrox” was anthologized in The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide and nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize by University of Arizona Press. She has published work in Bombay Gin, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Tarpaulin Sky Journal, Trickhouse, and Everyday Genius, among others. Kristen shares her work frequently at venues across the United States as a featured performer for events such as the Trickhouse JournalLaunch at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club, as an opening act for singer/songwriter Dar Williams at Tucson’s Rialto Theater, and as a keynote performer at LA’s Open Press Conference.
Sophia Terazawa is a poet and wrote I AM NOT A WAR, a winner of the 2015 Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest selected by Rosebud Ben-Oni. Her work has appeared recently in Entropy, The Wanderer, Powder Keg, Cosmonauts Avenue, Poor Claudia, and elsewhere. She’s currently working toward the MFA in Poetry at the University of Arizona.
Jane C. Moore is a single, black, mother, occasionally living in Tucson, AZ, who is constantly fighting the negative stereotypes associated with being a single black mother in this lovely country. She’s never published anything and only recently started her journey into performance art/public story telling in the summer of 2017. She did take a course in Poetry once at Pima Community College and received a B+. It is not safe to actually call her an artist; her “story telling” mainly consists of angry rants about super fucked up social justice issues. She is sometimes an active-activist but large crowds’ make her extremely anxious and she tends to hide behind her white friends during demonstrations, only chanting catchy protest jingles at the last chorus and usually is the only voice to continue chanting at the wrong time when the other demonstrators’ have already collectively agreed to end the chant. Jane’s sibling Matice M. Moore is another artist in the family worth paying attention to; you can find Matice’s vast body of Activist-Artwork at their etsy.com shop; https://www.etsy.com/shop/lovelttrs4liberation
Kris Aman is a performance poet and multimedia artist whose practice mainly involves listening, swooning, making salads, typing incantations on dollar bills, mapping their white imperialist lineage, and various forms of therapy. They serve on the board of the Tucson Poetry Festival and POG. Kris is the creator of Channeled Poetry, a poetry televison show produced by Creative Tucson.
Aura Valdes is a spoken word artist and musician living in Tucson. Her work explores the intersection of Queer life, Colombian roots, and a body of expressive parts. Aura has performed on stages locally in Tucson, as well as across New England.
Claire Meuschke grew up in the Bay Area, California and has lived in the Southwest for the last five years. She recently completed her MFA in poetry at the University of Arizona and remains in Tucson.