I was honored to introduce Senator Bernie Sanders with a poem at Drexel University on Monday. I took great inspiration from the thousands of Bernie supporters that attended. Also, I talked to Susan Sarandon for a good 20 minutes- about Latin American poetry & the sad state of U.S. support for its artists. So there was that. Feel. The. Bern.
Write Your Block 2016 has recently featured poems representing North Philly, the Gayborhood, Kensington, Kingsessing, UC, Pennsport, Whitman and East Passyunk. Watch these incredible kids from around the city share their blocks at a Spells Writing Lab workshop- courtesy of The Philadelphia Citizen.
I’m from green trees with leaves from The Philadelphia Citizen on Vimeo.
A night of performance launched Organize Your Own: The Politics & Poetics of Self-Determination Movements. The stellar lineup included Salem Cullo-Jullin, myself, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, and Jennifer Kidwell & Thomas Graves.
You can read about my No Border No Cry project here.
You can listen to the piece here.
Watch the entire event here.
You can pre-order Gabriel Ojeda-Sague's amazing new book here at Timeless Infinite Light.
Here's my take on this exciting publication:
"Oil and Candle does the syncretic work of shining slant light on our endings/beginnings. This kind of tricksterism opens passage for communication beyond the limits of our oppressive orthodoxies- poetic and otherwise. Included in this book are cleansing spells to help clear our paths- “limpias of poets who have never been scared just of/ walking around in the world/ limpias of poets who trust the police/ limpias of poets who poison the apple/ limpias of poets who still trust irony”. This text is not simply about Ojeda-Sague at a crossroads. It is you, me… all of us who share in bodies that can be found there. Let’s look into each other’s faces with the light Gabriel provides, in all its queer ritual brilliance."