This week in the LGBT-themed arts:
Brain Pickings profiles Pfaff’s, a 19th-century New York City saloon which is also the earliest known example of a gay bar in the U.S. The bar was a refuge for Walt Whitman in the aftermath of the publication of Leaves of Grass and is discussed in a new book by Justin Martin called Rebel Souls. (more…)
“To revive means to bring something back.
Or maybe it’s just a reminder to remember.”
Poetry loved me first. From sixth grade, to high school, to undergrad, the word/s followed me. And it was in college I learned that a poet exists not without the poem, and the poem exists not without the people. I had me and I had the poem. But the people were few and far between. (more…)
2nd ANNUAL REVIVAL, EAST COAST TOUR OF BLACK LESBIAN POETS THIS OCTOBER
Black lesbian poets tour the east coast in a salon styled poetry tour October 6-15, 2011. In private homes in Washington, DC, Chicago, Philadelphia and Brooklyn, THE REVIVAL hosts a night of music, libation and poetry- in – concert. Touring troupe and special guests break the envelope of safe space for today’s queer and trans artists and allies while sharing the written word.
After a successful tour last year, THE REVIVAL adds new members to its roster and a new city! Cave Canem fellow, t’ai freedom ford joins the ranks alongside Washington acoustic duo, Solrose and Punany poet, Revival veteran, LOVE the poet.
“Last year’s tour was awesome, a really tremendous experience. It was really interactive—the audience was just as much a part of the stage as we were. It was a give and take process that allowed for something different to happen. I think lives were definitely changed,” says new author of Black Marks on White Paper, LOVE the poet.
With presenting sponsors, The Rainbow Collective and The Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, each night of the tour features food, music, and a local poet:
Thursday, October 6, 2011: Washington DC with Bettina Judd
Friday, October 7, 2011: Brooklyn, NY with R. Erica Doyle
Saturday, October 8, 2011: Philadelphia, PA with E. Kairo Miles
Friday, October 14, 2011: Chicago, IL with Patience
About Cereus Arts: Cereus Arts is an arts initiative that promotes the visibility of queer women of color through media, literature and community events. For more press passes and interviews please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Griot & Warrior
When Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka “LOVE the poet” spoke into the microphone—amidst a dense living room full of women gathered on the 3rd floor of a friend’s Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn apartment for The Revival—she owned that room. I knew I had to interview her. At 29, Nelson, who goes by the moniker LOVE the poet, both a noun and a command, has a bright literary future ahead. This month, LOVE is focused getting her “poetic memoir” Black Marks on White Paper into the shelves of major book stores (not an easy feat) before touring with the Punany Poets in February 2011 and then again with Jade Foster and The Revival in the spring.