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Equilibrium

6794_10102947370707350_1096697549_nSpring has come and gone, and now with the arrival of summer, I’m happy to share with you the new of other changes that have been wrought in my life. I am now based in Austin, TX again, and I’m branching out into photography in earnest. I’m pleased to share with you all that my photograph, “Small Golden Blessing,” was featured as the cover photograph of Equilibrium Magazine, Issue 48. You can check it out here.

To the left is a picture my friend took of me at the LOST Show at Grumpy Bert in February. That particular print of “Small Golden Blessing” is now up at Black Women’s Blueprint in Brooklyn. If you don’t know about Black Women’s Blueprint, they’re doing some tremendous work. Visit their website and if you’re in NYC, visit them in person.

But I digress, yes, change is afoot in my life. (Thanks a lot, Saturn!) I am now based in Texas once again, but I am looking forward to continuing to travel for my work. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in Philadelphia as I made my way down South, and I had a really great time there. I can’t to go back and visit my artist friends, most especially the good people at The New Black.

Anyway, stay tuned. I promise to post more updates to let you know what I’m up to. There’s a whole lot brewing here in the Lone Star State!

Photo by Jamie Larson

Lost in Brooklyn

lost_show_front_1It’s been quite some time since I last posted on my personal website. 2012 was a whirlwind, starting out with emergency surgery and seeing me working in various capacities with two companies that are very dear to my heart — Roots and River Productions and Half Moon House. It many ways, it was a wild and chaotic year, a year of radical transformation, and a year in which I spent much less time focusing on promoting my personal artistic practice.

But 2013 is now upon us and we’ve just experienced a Universal reboot. I’m excited to share with you all that one of my photographs will be included in the LOST show at Grumpy Bert in Brooklyn. Photos will be on display from January 26th to February 24th. Some prints, including mine, will be for sale. The show is kicking off with a reading and reception on January 26th. I hope that those of you who are local to New York City will come out and say hello. I won’t be based in the Big Apple for too much longer. But that’s a post for another day…

**Update** I’ll be reading a couple of poems in the show as well. So come at 6pm!

LOST 
Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St, Brooklyn, NY
Reading — January 26 @ 6pm

Reception – January 26th @ 8pm
Show runs from Jan 26th – Feb 24th

Poetic Flow

I have officially moved back to New York City, having finished my coursework for my M.A. I live in Brooklyn and I’m loving it! Excitingly, my work of late has taken a turn for the poetic. Over the summer, I decided that I wanted to focus on my poetry again. (My poetry was published years ago, but since then I have been devoting my writing energies to theatre.)

So I applied to Cave Canem‘s fall poetry workshops and was accepted to both! For the past few weeks, I have been attending poetry workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I have been writing a lot. I have to say that it feels good to immerse myself in verse.

Both workshops are culminating poetry readings that are open to the public. See details below:

November 10, 6:30 pm
Breaking Line, Building Lyric: A Reading
Participants in Cave Canem’s Fall New York City Workshop share poems honed in class. Instructor Linda Susan Jackson hosts. Reception to follow. Wheelchair accessible.

November 15, 6:30 pm
Poetry Conversations: A Reading
Participants in Cave Canem’s Fall Poetry Conversations share poems honed in class. Instructor Bakar Wilson hosts. Reception to follow. Wheelchair accessible.

Cave Canem
20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A
Brooklyn, NY

In August, I participated in Ana-Maurine Lara’s online art/performance project, 36daysweeksmonthsyearsliftetimes (36 for short). Dozens of artists from all over contributed to 36, and I’m happy to say that my poem “Homeland” was included in the project. Check out my poem here, or better yet, explore all of 36.

In other news, I am honored to say that in September, I was selected as a finalist for the Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab. Also in September, Roots and River Productions kicked of the Emerging Artist Mentorship Program. Pictures from the welcome dinner can be found on our facebook page. If you haven’t been keeping up with Roots and River, you are missing out!

All in all, it has been a time of immense beauty, change, and productivity for me. I look forward to seeing what the near future holds.

Photo by Azure D. Osborne-Lee

Roots and River Productions

I am pleased to announce the formation of the new Brooklyn-based company Roots and River Productions. Roots and River’s mission is to cultivate and support creative work grounded in the community. The company serves as a home for artists of color in the New York City metropolitan area. Roots and River is an incubator for new work, a site of artistic exploration, and an agency for community outreach.

Roots and River’s primary programming includes a mentorship program designed to pair emerging black queer artists, especially those just coming out of college, with established artists in their field. Roots and River also produces the Voicebox Writing Workshops, which were originally developed in London, UK by Artistic Director Azure D. Osborne-Lee in collaboration with New Shoes Theatre and Central School of Speech & Drama. Look for the Voicebox Workshops and the Voicebox method of creating new work this summer in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas and this fall in New York City!

Roots and River Productions has a particular interest in supporting the work of emerging interdisciplinary and performing artists. In 2012 Roots and River will kick off an artist residency program. Find out more about Roots and River Productions at our website or on facebook

Roots and River is currently completely funded by contributions from the community. Please consider supporting us by making a donation via our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.

Roots and River Productions is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Roots and River Productions must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Artwork by Autumn Mackey

Two Weeks ’til Texas!

Winter has finally moved on and the winds of change are a-blowin’ here in the Empire State. As the weather heats up, I am in the process of selling off my New Yorkly belongings in preparation to spend some serious quality time in Texas this summer. There are less than two weeks left until I board a JetBlue flight to Houston, TX. Once I touch down in Texas, I’ll have less than 24 hours to say hello to my folks before I have to pack up my car and drive up to Austin, TX to start rehearsals for SYCORAX. The next couple of weeks are going to be very busy for me, but it’s all well worth it.

In other news, May 19th will make one year since I moved to New York City in 2009, and I have to say that it’s been a rich and dynamic year. I feel unbelievably grateful for my supportive family and friends. So many great things have happened in the past year. Here’s a small recap of my year in art, lest it be forgotten.

I started the summer off interning with Freedom Train Productions and writing educational workbooks in my subleased Harlem apartment. I made lots of awesome contacts and gained invaluable experience working for FTP. One of the definite highlights of the summer was my participation in FTP’s Open Workshop, a community playwriting workshop, in which I wrote my one act play CROOKED PARTS and formed some lasting artistic relationships with the other participants.  As the summer closed, I finished my internship with FTP and moved further uptown to Inwood, Manhattan. In October, after returning from Fire & Ink: Cotillion in Austin, TX, I started a new internship with Sundance Institute Theatre Program and saw the New York debut of CROOKED PARTS in FTP’s We Were All Artists Once.

In the new year things started to speed up. I applied and was admitted to graduate school in London. I became a resident playwright at Freedom Train Productions, and CROOKED PARTS was featured at Brooklyn Arts Exchange as part of Black and White: Performing the Personal/Political. 2010 promises to continue to be eventful as I make my way through the wide world of arts. Stay tuned for more information on how to buy tickets for SYCORAX, news on the debut of my newest work with Freedom Train Productions, and the skinny on CROOKED PARTS coming to Texas. I promise to let you know the very latest as it happens. Cheers!

 Photo by Flickr user qthrul