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  • From: Ken Rumble <rumblek AT>
  • To: Desert City Listserve <desertcity AT>
  • Subject: [DesertCity] Fwd: Politics of Poetry II
  • Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 10:19:24 -0400

The clock is ticking. . . The election approaches. . . You'll vote
on Tuesday and sweat the election results that night with friends, but
how will you get ready for the big day?? Come to the Politics of Poetry
II the night before!! Hear poets and spoken word artists share their
visions of the world and what it should be. Pick up handy voting guides
and find out how you can volunteer with local political action groups.
Share your own thoughts during the open mike. Get prepared to take
advantage of the change or find like-minded folk to get you through the

The Politics of Poetry II
Monday, November 1
7-10 No Cover
Ooh La Latte
1116 Broad Street 286-0650


Mz. Julee- "Mz Julee has been in Raleigh around 3 years pursuing her
performance art/spoken word as well as her visual artwork. She is the
moderator/organizer for STAMMER! , an event of spoken word. poetry/
performance art/film/ music/ playwrights & more, held at Artspace
bi-monthly and other venues in between. Check out her website at www. for more info.

Debra Kauffman- Debra Kaufman has published three books of
poetry--Family of
Strangers, Still Life Burning, and A Certain Light--and is working on
a new collection, tentatively titled Holidays, Unholy Days. A founding

member of the Black Socks poetry group, she works at Duke University
Press and lives in Mebane.

Carol Lautier- Carol Lautier is a performance poet committed to
bringing attention to women's issues.She has performed most recently for
the "Healing from Violence, Victim No More Conference" in Utah and the
Orange County Women's Agenda Assembly. Carol believes that affirmation
and wholeness result from sharing the stories of our lives. Her poetry
bears witness to the healing power of spoken word.

Dasan Ahanu- Chris Massenburg, better known as Dasan Ahanu, is a public
organizer, workshop facilitator, poet, spoken word performer, and
writer. He has been a
featured performer for many poetry, jazz, and cultural events; worked
as an
organizer on such issues as war, social injustice, workers rights, and
taught with the Center for Documentary Studies after-school and summer

programs; and developed and implemented a special documentary arts
curriculum for
at-risk/court-involved youth.

Tanya Olson- Tanya Olson currently teaches at Vance-Granville Community
College and the North Carolina Governors School. Her work has been
published in Cairn, Bad Subjects, Main Street Rag, thirdspace, Simple
Vows, Independent and is forthcoming in the News and Observer. She is
also a frequent reader in the area.

Evie Shockley- Her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals and
anthologies, including Black Arts Quarterly, Blue Mesa Review, Callaloo,
Crab Orchard Review, The North American Review, Obsidian III, Catch the
Fire!: A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African-American
Poetry, and Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the
African Diaspora. Evie is a Cave Canem fellow (1997-99) and a member of
the Carolina African American Writers Collective. She has begun
re-rooting herself in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as a member of the
English Department faculty at Wake Forest University.

Langston Fuze- According to Christopher J. Rowland, artistically known
as Langston Lyricai Fuze, "Words are my soul singing". And one day the
singing became so loud and words so convincing that he decided to quit
his job and take to the road in order to be with his true love: The
Word, and one of her children: Poetry. This East Carolina University
graduate from Raleigh, North Carolina, practices R.A.P. music, poetry,
spoken word, prose, screenplays, song writing, public speaking, and
music and video consulting. Fuze, whose stage name is derived from the
great Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, has released two
independent CD's in consecutive years: The Poetic (2000); Inkwell
Skripturez (2001). In June of 2002 he released his third offering:,
LYRITOGRAPHY, followed by a series of poetry chapbooks.

Political groups present will include the Durham People's Alliance
and several others.

  • [DesertCity] Fwd: Politics of Poetry II, Ken Rumble, 10/26/2004

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