Curriculum Vitae

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2006   California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Writing/Video, MFA

1998-2002    New York University, NY, Social Studies/Secondary Education, B.S.

1995 -1997    Borough Manhattan Community College, NY, Liberal Arts, A.A

Artistic Education

2011, Black Earth Institute Fellow, Wisconsin

2011, Laundromat Project Create Change Public Artist Residency

2010, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts, Educational Scholarship, New York

2010, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Amherst, Virginia

2010, Pocantico Writers Residency, Tarrytown New York

2009-10, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Artist Residency, New York

2008, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Video Workshop, New York

2004, Caldera Artist in Residence, Sisters, Oregon

2003, Naropa Institute  / Summer Writing Program, Boulder, Colorado

2002, Harvest Works Digital Media Arts Center, Artist in Residence, New York

Artistic Awards, Grants, Fellowships

2010, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, (Research in Perú in 2011)

2010, Mayer Foundation Artist Grant, New York

2010, Change Inc., Artist Grant, Florida

2009, Harlem Arts Alliance Community Arts Fund, New York

2009, New York Foundation For the Arts Fellowship (Poetry), New York

2008, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant/Money for Women, New Hampshire

2007, Eben Demarest Trust Award, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2003, Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado

2003, New York Foundation For the Arts Fellowship, (Poetry) New York

2001, Cave Canem Retreat for African American Poets, Michigan/Pittsburgh (‘01-04)

1999, Cave Canem NYC Workshop Fellow, New York (99-00)

Anthologies, Catalogs, Journals & Periodicals (Selected)

Noo Weekly (F), Book of Villanelles (F), Mandorla (F), Arroyo Review (F), LA Review (F), Fence (F), Monday Night Lit (F), Aaduna, Jubilat, Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry, 44 on 44, Ploughshares, From The Fishhouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, Muck Works 1, The Black Scholar, Jubilat, Boog Anthology, Black Renaissance Noir, PMS Literary Journal, Tea Party Magazine, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, Mosaic, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, Polvo Arts Magazine, Rattapallax, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem, Nocturnes, Black Belt, Everything But the Burden, Long Shot, Authentic Hair, Bum Rush the Page,,,,,


2011, What The Wind Whispered to the Dolphin (a QR code micro chap), MOH Press

2011, My First Black Nature Poem (a micro chap), MOH Press

2010, Naranja (a sampler), MOH Press

2004, Manuel is destroying my bathroom, ed. Rachel Levitsky, Belladonna Books

2001, Ni-Ban: Villa Miseria, MOH Press

1998, Ichi-Ban files of muneca morena negrita linda, ed. Tony Medina, MOH Press

Discography (selected)

War Zones, Musiktage Donaueschingen Elliot Sharp / Bernhard Lang; Zen of Logic, DJ Logic; The Yohimbe Brothers: Tao of Yo, Vernon Reid / DJ Logic;In What Language? Mike Ladd & Vijay Iyer;  The Beat Kids, Guillermo E. Brown; That Depends On What You Know, Burnt Sugar; Commute, Domenico Ferrari; One Step Ahead, Vol. 1,; soul at the hands of the machine, Guillermo E. Brown; Easy Listening 4 Armageddon, Mike Ladd;  Eargasms, Crucial poetics, Vol. 1; Future Listening, Towa Tei; Out of the Dark, Original OG, Billy Bass Nelson /Bill Laswell;  Sweet Revenge, Ryuichi Sakamoto

Conferences/ Lectures/ Exhibits 

2011, James Baldwin and The Global Imagination, performer, New York University

2011, Movement/Somatics/Writing Symposium, panelist, University of Michigan

2010, Blaxpliotation/BRC Discussion; Schomburg Research Center, panelist, NYC

2010, Fishbone/BRC Discussion; College Music Journal Festival, panelist, NY

2009, Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism; panelist, CUNY Graduate Center

2008, Untitled: Speculations on the Expanded Field of Writing; panelist, CalArts

2008, Legacy Talks: Al Young/ Ishmael Reed; moderator, New School

2006, Imagining Ourselves; artist, International Museum of Women

2006, &Now; performer, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest Illinois

2004, Yari Yari Pamberi; panelist, New York University

1999, Japanglish: Trans/cultural Connections; performer, Duke University

Video Art/ Media Shows

2011, “Somatics, Marine Dialect and Performance as Observed in the Descendents of  Dolphins” (a multi-media performance in conversation with the work of Torkwase Dyson), Edgewood Gallery, Yale University, New Haven Conn.

2010, “Power Point,” (multi-media performance), Vent Performance Festival, Soapbox Gallery, NY

2010, “King Sani & The Mystical Crotch,” (multi-media performance), Be Black Baby| Recess Activities Inc., NY

2010, “Living in the Hata’ration Zone” (multi-media performance), Brecht Forum, NY

2010, University Settlement, NY

2010, Ya-Ya, a presentation of new video worksUniversity of San Diego, California,

2008,  “Tali”, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Hope Change Progress: Art Focus for Obama Exhibition/ Fundraiser, NY

2007,  “Sagwui”, California College of the Arts Juried Media Selection, Oakland Ca

2007,  “Coda 1.0.1”, remixed by Daniel Givens, The Kitchen, New York

Curatorial / Directorial Work

2011, Speak Up! Speak Out! (guest curator) El Museo del Barrio, New York

2011, Hurricane Clarisse Hour, (host/producer), WBAI, Pacifika Radio, NY

2010, Hurricane Clarisse Salon Series, (curator/producer), Hotel Griffou, NY

2010, Juneteenth, a portmanteau in chorus, (curator, producer), Bowery Poetry Club, NY

2010, Four Women: A Tribute to Odetta, Eartha Kitt, Miriam Makeba and Abbey Lincoln, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York (producer, director)

2010, K’uychiq Ñañankuna  | My sisters of the rainbowBrecht Forum, New York

2009, Four Women: A Tribute to Odetta, Eartha Kitt, Miriam Makeba and Abbey Lincoln, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York (curator, director)

2008, Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba, BAM Café, New York (curator, co- presenter)

Collaborative Work/s

2010, La Celestina in collaboration with Burnt Sugar/DanzAsia, Baryshnikov Performance Center, NY

2010, Beats of NYC in collaboration w/ Ali Jackson, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York

2009, Landscape On Hold, with Gabri Christa, Tania Davis, and Marianela Boan,

2008, Within Our Gates, with Brunt Sugar, Lincoln Center, New York

2003-04, An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thus Coming to Greet, with Akilah Oliver,

2004, Dominata, with Gabri Christa, choreographer, Dance Theatre Workshop, NY

2004, Sonic Poets, with Shelley Hirsch, vocalist, Pen & Brush, NY

Festivals (selected) 

Strictly Hungary Arts Festival, Moving Sounds Austrian Music Festival, Donaueschingen Festival, War Zones Concert, Constructivismo 2006, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Tampere Jazz Festival, Helsinki, Finland, La Casita Poetry Festival, Lincoln Center, Serial Underground on the Festival of Festivals, Vienna Jazz Festival, Passau Jazz Festival, Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Banlieues Bleues Festival, Moers Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, non-sequitor festival/composer collaborative, Howl Festival, New Sound, New York Festival, New York Is Now! Jazz Festival, Pica TBA Festival, Ether Electronic Music Festival, Sonar Electronic Music Festival

Presentations/Performances (Musical / Spoken Word) 2002 – Present (selected)

University Settlement; Harlem Stage; Greenburgh Town Hall; Borough Manhattan Community College; Poetry Project; Jazz at Lincoln Center; PERFORMA 09; Symphony Space; Lincoln Center; Poets House; Clinton Community College; SUNY Plattsburgh; Exit Art Gallery; PS1; California Institute of the Arts; Haven Arts Gallery; The Stone; Habana Harlem, Harlem Gatehouse; Victoria Theatre; Whitney Museum; The Kitchen, University of Minneapolis; MoMa Museum; Lincoln Center, Monorail Monologues Series; BAM Café; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Montevideo, Uruguay; Argentina; Poretta, Italy; RedCat Theatre; Oneonta State University; Chicago Writer’s Guild; Asia Society; Symphony Space; Bowery Poetry Club; Kulturhallen Dampfzentrale, Switzerland

Professional Activities / Affiliations

2011 – Organization of Women Writers of Africa, Inc, Board Member

2011 – LMCC – Non-Fiction Panelist for 2011-12 Workspace Residency, NY

2011 – BRIOArts – Poetry Panelist for Literary Arts Award, Bronx, NY