Keisha-Gaye Anderson and Friends
Powerful spoken-word artist brings the poetry of herself and others to some of Brooklyn’s most important community-based cultural institutions.
Look Up | Thurs, Sept 17th, 7:30pm | FiveMyles | $10
An evening of spoken word exploring themes of unity, self-determination, and community. With Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, JP Howard and Ras Osagyefo.
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BEAT Festival Opening Night | Thurs, Sept 10th, 7-9pm | Brooklyn Museum | FREE
See all the artists in this year’s BEAT Festival performing throughout Brooklyn’s largest cultural institution.
Fertile Grounds | Fri, Sept 11th & Sat, Sept 12th, 7:30pm | Weeksville Heritage Center | $20
Fertile Grounds is an immersive performance exploration of the two unique sides of the Weeksville Heritage Center. With Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Ngoma Hill and Ras Osagyefo.
About Keisha-Gaye Anderson:
Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a Brooklyn-based poet and author. Her poetry collection, Gathering the Waters (Jamii Publishing), was released in 2014. Keisha’s writing has appeared in numerous national literary magazines and anthologies, including Captured by the City: Perspectives on Urban Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), Renaissance Noire magazine, Mosaic Literary Magazine, Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Caribbean in Transit Arts Journal, Small Axe Salon, Anthology of the Americas Poetry Festival of New York, and African Voices Magazine. She was selected to participate the VONA Voices and Callaloo writing workshops, and was awarded a fellowship by the North Country Institute for Writers of Color. Keisha was shortlisted for the Small Axe literary competition in 2010. Her journalistic work includes documentary production for CBS and PBS, and feature articles for such publications as Psychology Today, Teen People, and Black Enterprise. Keisha holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from The City College, CUNY. For more information, visit www.keishagaye.com.
About Cheryl Boyce-Taylor:
Born in Trinidad and raised in Queens, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is a poet, workshop facilitator, and therapist. She is the 2015 winner of the Barnes and Noble Writers For Writers Award, the mother of Phife of A Tribe Called Quest, and the founder and curator of Calypso Muse and the Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series.
Cheryl earned her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast: The University of Southern Maine, and an MSW from Fordham University. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, and Convincing the Body. A poetry judge for NYFA and The Astraea Foundation, she has taught poetry workshops for The New York Public Library, Poets & Writers, Poets House, The Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, and The Bowery Poetry Club. Her poetry has been commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, The Joyce Theater, and the National Endowment for the Arts for Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company.
A VONA fellow, her work has been published in Callaloo, So Much Things To Say: 100 Calabash Poets, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Pluck!, Adrienne, and Prairie Schooner. In the fall she will begin curating readings and workshops at the Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA.
Cheryl is a founding editor at The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women’s Poetry. She lives with the love of her life, Ceni, in Brooklyn, New York.
About Ngoma Hill:
Ngoma Hill is a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and paradigm shifter, who for over 40 years has used culture as a tool to raise socio-political and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought. A former member of Amiri Baraka’s The Spirit House Movers and Players and the contemporary freedom song duo Serious Bizness, Ngoma weaves poetry and song that raises contradictions and searches for a solution to a just and peaceful world.
Ngoma was the Prop Slam Winner of the 1997 National Poetry Slam Competition in Middletown, CT, and has been published in African Voices Magazine, Long Shot Anthology, The Underwood Review, Signifyin’ Harlem Review, Bum Rush the Page/Def Poetry Jam Anthology, Poems on the Road to Peace (Volumes 1, 2, and 3), Let Loose On the World: Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75, and The Understanding Between Foxes and Light published by Great Weather For Media and New Rain/Blind Beggar Press 35th Anniversary Issue. He was featured in the PBS spoken-word documentary The Apropoets with Allen Ginsburg.
Ngoma has curated and hosted the poetry slam at the Martin Luther King Family Festival of Social and Environmental Justice at the Yale/Peabody Museum since 1995. He was also selected to participate in the 2009 Badilisha Poetry Xchange in Capetown, South Africa. In December 2011, he was initiated as a Priest of Obatala in Ibadan, Nigeria. In June 2013, he was initiated as a Priest of Ifa.
About JP Howard
JP Howard aka Juliet P. Howard is a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the author of SAY/MIRROR, a debut poetry collection published by The Operating System (2015) and a chaplet “bury your love poems here” (Belladonna Collaborative*, 2015). She curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS), a forum offering women writers and all creative beings at all levels a venue to come together in a positive and supportive space in New York. JP loves collaboration and community and believes her Salon has blossomed due to the enormous support of community. JP is an alum of the VONA/Voices Writers Workshop, as well as a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow. She was a finalist in The Feminist Wire’s 2014 1st Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Feminist Wire, Split This Rock, Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color, Muzzle Magazine, Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, The Best American Poetry Blog, MiPOesias, The Mom Egg, Talking Writing and Connotation Press, among others. JP holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York and a BA from Barnard College. JP believes self-care is really crucial and was one of eleven Black Queer and Trans Women to discuss self-care in Elixher. She’s proud that her Queer family was on a 2014 cover of Gay Parent Magazine. You can find her on Facebook @JPHowardAuthor, nurturing her Literary Salon @ http://womenwritersinbloompoetrysalon.blogspot.com/. Follow her on Twitter @JPHoward_poet, follow WWBPS @WomenWriteBloom or find her on Instagram @JPHoward_poet. Shoot her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to collaborate in the future. JP is always eager to celebrate and collaborate with fellow artists!
About Ras Osagyefo:
Osagyefo: a title given to the highest Army General of the Ashanti people of Ghana, West Africa, meaning “God sends the liberator.” The name was given to this humble-born Jamaican poet by a young Nigerian woman who heard him chanting down Babylon with his brand of hard-hitting, razor-sharp dub poetry, a poetic art form that grew out of the ghettos of Jamaica, echoing the pain and suffering of the downtrodden in his native homeland and around the world.
Osagyefo has performed in Jamaica, Canada, Liberia, West Africa, Switzerland, England, and Wales. He has the graced stages at colleges and universities across the United States including NYU, Harvard University School of Divinity, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Davis and Elkin College WV. He has opened shows for the legendary Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, Mutabaruka, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Buju Banton, Capleton, CocoTea, Judy Mowatt, Luciano and many others.
Elena Oumano of Billboard Magazine, in a review for a dub album produced by Trumystic Sound System on which Osagyefo solos on two tracks, wrote, “Osagyefo is a poet spitting fiery rhymes.” In 2001, he won a poetry award for best performance poet in London. To hear Osagyefo is to feel his energy vibrating with pure unadulterated inspiration. He is the author of a book of poetry entitled Psalms of Osagyefo…Chanting Down Babylon. Osagyefo believes himself to be a spiritual revolutionary poet, a Rasta soldier on the battlefield of life, fighting against oppression with the sword of righteousness, word sound and power.