Poetry + Power: Avery R. Young

April 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Honey at Alma Matter
1322 Fawcett Ave
WA 98402
Write 253
Poetry + Power: Avery R. Young @ Honey at Alma Matter

Stop in for an evening of poetry, song and power by Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist avery r. young as he finishes his Pacific-Northwest poetry tour in Tacoma. We open with featured performances by Christina Butcher, Sara Geiger, James Santana, Mike Haeflinger and local LTAB youth poets. Come by and be prepared to be blown away!

Artist Bio
Avery r. young’s art speaks stories of turmoil turned to triumph. Dubbed “sunday mornin jook joint,” young merges spiritual and secular aesthetics with dramatic and comedic sensibilities. avery’s sound is indoctrinated with 400+ years of the African-American experience. He melds history, culture and art, blending phonetics, linguistics, hymns, jazz and hip hop in his work. avery pays poetic homage to the Black Arts Movement from the 1960’s while his musical influences include James Brown, Nina Simone & Gil Scott Heron. By examining Black American history and culture, his artistry celebrates social justice, equity, queer identity, and body consciousness while challenging misogyny, racism and homophobia. young is a 3Arts Award winning teaching-artist, composer, and producer whose work spans many genres of music, performance, visual arts, and literature. He is a Cave Canem Fellow with poems and essays published in The BreakBeat Poets (Haymarket, 2015), The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press, 2017) and In the Company of Black (Candor Arts, 2017). avery has performed in the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza, WordStock and has appeared on BET, MTV, ABC and WGN’s Morning News. For more info visit http://www.beblk.com

*This event is free, all ages and open to the public!!!

Avery R. Young arrives as part of The University of Washington Bothell’s ALIVE 2.0 Critical Acts Artist in Residence program co-curated by faculty Anida Yoeu Ali and Jade Power Sotomayor. Co-sponsors: Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Washington Tacoma, Alma Mater, Studio Revolt, Culture Shock Collective, Red Scarf Revolution, Fab-5, Write 253 and Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Slam.

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