High school English teacher meets dynamic Chicago storyteller. Hosted by Steven Willis.
"Where the Pulitzer Prize meets the Poetry Slam." We are now BACK where we started over a decade ago: The Bowery Poetry Club! Two poets take the stage together and read back and forth, poem for poem, in an ongoing poetic conversation about where poetry exists.
t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow, and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in No, Dear, The African American Review, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2012 and 2013, she completed two multi-city tours as a part of a queer women of color literary salon, The Revival. In 2014, she was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shocklee. She is currently a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow and the Poetry Project’s 2016 Emerge-Surface-Be Poetry fellow. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, “how to get over” is available from Red Hen Press. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at: shesaidword.com
Savon Bartley is an exhilarating young black American storyteller from North Chicago, IL who uses poetry to creatively address the narrative of young black men. Featured at venues around the world such as the Apollo Theater, MTV UK, and The United Nations, his exhilarating performances have allowed him to tour internationally as well as work in theater, film, and television alongside The Wu Tang Clan, The Black Panthers, Russell Simmons, and Tony Award winners. Author of Extended Play: A Literary Mixtape, his work has been featured in The New York Times Suspect Press, The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker Anthology, Slate Magazine, Blavity, and Afropunk.
As an educator, Savon stresses the urgency to allow students across multiple identities to see themselves as subjects rather than objects in the world, their own history, and their own education, teaching writing and performance workshops to middle schools, high schools, college students and community organizations across the globe including Yale University, Birmingham University, and NYU as well as high level UN events such as the World Youth Report, The Young Women and Girls Conference, and the Unite for Sight Global Health Conference. Nominated for a Social Impact Media Award, Savon’s poetry was chosen to be incorporated in the SIMA Classroom Catalog which is available to educators to foster global competency among students.
Savon was born an only child in North Chicago, IL. He is currently a Mentor in Residence at Urban Word NYC where he teaches poetry and creative writing. Social Media: @SavonBartley
Doors open at 5:45 pm $10 online / $15 at the door Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tai-freedom-ford-savon-bartley-tickets-35324468436