Kathryn will discuss Live Unchained’s crowdfunding campaign to bring London-based Somali poet,Warsan Shire and “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” to Washington, DC, as well as the February 2013 launching of an Indigogo campaign to raise funds for the event set to take place in Fall 2014. Live Unchained’s 1st annual awards ceremony is named “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” after a line from one of Shire’s popular poems, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love.” Shire’s captivating poetry on womanhood, love and social justice have garnered international acclaim as she has performed in many countries and been featured in prestigious media outlets like Vogue Italia. Live Unchained will host a workshop with Shire on healing through narrative, panel discussion on cultural activism and an experiential awards ceremony with a special performance by Shire to honor Live Unchained artists.
Kathryn is a writer, digital media consultant and sociology PhD student at University of Maryland. Her current research explores social entrepreneurship and women’s art and emancipatory knowledge across the African diaspora. In addition to Live Unchained, her writings have appeared in various online media outlets including Everything PR, Argophilia and SiliconANGLE, where she curated the technology and social change series.
Of course we do. We are in the now, and we are in the future. We imagine and build ourselves into the very fabric of what we call “world” with not only scientific study and research, but with words, music, beauty, and art.
Dr. Randall Horton, Assistant Professor of English at University of New Haven, hails from Birmingham, AL, and is a former recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize. His first book The Definition of Place was a finalist for the Main Street Rag Book Award and was published in their Editor’s Select Series in 2006. Dr. Horton is the current poetry editor of Reverie: Midwest African American Literature and co-editor of Fingernails Across the Chalkboard Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDs from the Black Diaspora (Third World Press, 2007). He is also the editor of four children anthologies. He received his undergraduate education at both Howard Univ and Univ of DC (B.A. English). He has a MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from Chicago State Univ and a PhD in Creative Writing from SUNY Albany. He is a Cave Canem fellow and his poems, fiction and nonfiction appear in Motif: Writing by Ear, Mosaic, Black Renaissance, Crab Orchard Review and The Red Clay Review. He is currently working on critical essays that explore the impact of cultural memory and trauma-poetry and poetics. He is on a Poetry Panel at the CBC Conference-WEWCC, Sept 21.
Not sure why Colorlines titled this article this way, but okay…
In any case, we know that in 2012 there is no such thing as a monolithic apparatus called “Black culture.” Not everyone African American spends their weekends watching Tyler Perry movies or downloading mainstream hip-hop. Sometimes we like hardcore. Sometimes we like punk. Sometimes we like alternative.