SAY WHAT? A Spoken Work Event

 


Ijeoma Thomas

Oluyemi Thomas



Peter Meinke



Ranney



David Manson









Dundu Dole




Venus Jones



Dionisio Martinez







Moving Current Dance Collective

The Conscious Party



Pedro Jarquin



Spittin' Image Performer
- Asia



Spittin' Image Performer
- Katayana



Spittin' Image Performer
- Lacey Nagy



SoulScribes
- Anna Sian & Callie Thompson

 

 

Participant Biographies*

: Peter Meinke
: Susan Alexander
: Ranney
: David Manson
: Dionisio Martinez
: Oluyemi Thomas
: Ijeoma Thomas
: Dundu Dole
: Photo Corps
: Julie Buckner Armstrong
: Irritable Tribe of Poets
: Venus Jones
: Manuel Ramos
: Jeffery James
: Pedro Jarquin
: Moving Current
: The Conscious Party
: Spittin' Image Performers
: SoulScribes

Peter Meinke
Peter Meinke has published thirteen books of poetry, six in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, including Zinc Fingers (2001), Scars (1996), and Liquid Paper (1991). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. His collection of stories, The Piano Tuner, received the 1986 Flannery O’Connor Award, and Zinc Fingers the 2001 SEBA Award for Poetry (Southeast Booksellers Association). Most recently (2004), a collection of poems called Maples and Oranges has been translated and published in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Meinke’s poems have won many awards, including the Olivet and Paumanok Awards, and The Emily Dickinson, Gustav Davidson, and Lucille Medwick prizes from the Poetry Society of America, as well as two NEA Fellowships in Poetry. He taught at Eckerd College, where he was Director of the Writing Workshop, for 27 years, and has been writer-in-residence at numerous colleges and universities, including the U. of Hawaii, Davidson College, Hamilton College, the U. of South Florida, Converse College, and the U. of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Currently Meinke holds the Darden Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He and his wife, the artist Jeanne Clark, have lived in the Driftwood area of St. Petersburg for over 30 years.

Susan Alexander
Susan Alexander has worked in the Tampa Bay area for many years, as a professional actor, director, writer and theater instructor. She has appeared on many Bay area stages including American Stage, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Jaeb, Ferguson and Shimberg theaters, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Stageworks, The Playmakers and The Loft. Susan has a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of South Florida. She also studied with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts and Martin Barter (Meisner Technique) in Los Angeles. Susan received a Columbia University Klingenstein Fellowship while serving as Fine Arts Chairperson and Director of Theater for Tampa Preparatory School. She teaches adult acting and is the Director of Conservatory Administration for the Patel Performing Arts Conservatory in Tampa.

Ranney
"ranney" was the premier comedian for Laff Tuesdays, the world famous Apollo Theater's professional comedy club in New York during the 1990s. One of the most promising comedians of the last decade, "ranney" took a hiatus from the mic, returned several years ago, and is now back in top form. He has become a favorite among fans of radical and thought-provoking comedy. "ranney's bay area appearances have included feature spots at Centro Ybor's The Improv, Side Splitters, Giggles, and Coconuts Comedy Club.

"ranney's  poetic rants are legendary. He was a nominee for best international poet by the United Kingdom's Farrago Poetry Group in 2003. "ranney" is a also a presence in the Bay area performing arts community. His direction and choreography of Joe Popp's original rock musical Maxwell is still mentioned, by audiences and critics, as one of Tampa's favorite shows in the last three years. It is no coincidence that "ranney" has had involvement with the other favorite shows of the Bay area. This includes his stirring performance as "Boy Willie" in The Center Co. Production of The Piano Lesson, for which "ranney" was named 2003 "Best of the Bay" best actor by the Weekly Planet. "ranney" was also a member of the award winning quintet that took the American Stage's Shakespeare in The Park's The Bomb-itty of Errors to The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (winning Best Ensemble), Dublin's The Helix, and London's Ambassador's Theatre on the West End.

"ranney's most recent stage appearance was as Lucien P. Smith in Jobsite Theater's The Boys Next Door. "ranney" can be seen in The Bomb-itty again at the 2005 American Stage Shakespeare in the Park series. Also, look for "ranney's latest one man jam (standup, characters, & spoken word), Incendiary, and a spoken word - standup comedy cd, this summer. "ranney" is a contributing writer to www.oneminent.com the popular poet website based in Atlanta.

David Manson
David Manson is director of the EMIT series of adventurous music and former director of the Tampa Bay Composers' Forum (1995-2003). He is a recipient of two Artist Fellowships in music composition from the Florida Arts Council (1999, 2005), a Fulbright-Hays project in Turkey, was featured in the Southern Arts Federation's JazzSouth radio program, and has received grants from Meet The Composer. He worked with Cecil Taylor at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and was artist-in-residence at the Sound Arts Workshop in Miami.  

David produces the new music interview radio series SoundVerge and has written for and performed with jazz instrumentalist Sam Rivers and modern jazz groups Fluid Motion, SHIM, Brazilian jazz sextet O Som Do Jazz and Zappa repertoire band Bogus Pomp. David served eight years on the board of the Pinellas County Arts Council (1995-2003) and is a composer-in-residence with the Moving Current Dance Collective and Peaceproject (a federal project managed by the School District of Hillsborough County). He is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in music technology. His degrees include a doctorate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. David currently teaches music and humanities courses at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Oluyemi Thomas
Oluyemi Thomas was born in Detroit, Michigan. As a creative musician, performer, recording artist teacher and engineer, Mr. Thomas seeks to express his abiding love for the hidden power of Art. Oluyemi’s primary focus is to touch the inner core of individuals, be it in a forum, radio, television, recording or on the bandstand. For two decades he & his lovely wife poet Ijeoma have been members of the music and poetry unit Positive Knowledge. (Bass Clarinet/Saxophone) He may be heard on Music & Arts, Ear Light Records, Eremite, Rastascan & BMG labels. His travels to Africa, the Middle East & Europe are elements he brings to the mix. Mr. Oluyemi believes “The musician’s art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise”… and “Music should lead to spirituality”…

Ijeoma Thomas
Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet, vocalist and teacher, Ijeoma Thomas believes "all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit". She has composed, performed and recorded with the music unit “Positive Knowledge” and published many chapbooks and individual poems in local and national publications. Born and raised in Washington D.C. now based in Oakland, Ca., Ijeoma has traveled and toured in New York City, Europe and West Africa. She has also been Artist - in - Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. Thomas has lent a vocal poetic motif to the works of Cecil Taylor, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Miya Masaoka, William Parker and Alan Silva.

Dundu Dole
Urban African Ballet

Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet Company has been in existence in Pinellas County since 1991. For over a decade Dundu Dole has provided entertaining, educational workshops, lecture demonstrations and cultural arts ballets for various schools, universities, churches, hospitals, conferences, corporations and major theater houses in the United States.  

'Dundu Dole' in Wolof means, 'Life force and Power.' This is a term used by the Senegalese to describe the inner strength given to an individual by God to deal with life's many challenges which aids in the achievement of an individual's goals.
www.dundudole.org

Photo Corps
During the past four years the Arts Center of St. Petersburg has been developing a dynamic photography program. Under the direction of photojournalist Beth Reynolds, the program has grown from a small class of photography neophytes to a robust curriculum with opportunities for photographers of all skill levels to develop their artistic vision and technique, to learn about different photographic media, and to perfect skills in both the traditional darkroom and the new digital studio. Learn more.

Photo Slam is visual/spoken word event during the SAY WHAT? event at The Studio@620. Photographers are asked to submit up to 5 images to be considered for this unique performance. A distinguished group of 5 poets will respond to 3 selected images each and spontaneously compose a poem based on the projected photograph. Poets will have no idea what image they will see. We are seeking a diverse group of images, all subjects and styles of photography may be submitted for consideration. Artists may submit, simultaneously, applications to join the Photocorps and to participate in Photo Slam.

Julie Buckner Armstrong
Julie Buckner Armstrong is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she teaches African American and Women's Literature. Co-editor of "Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom's Bittersweet Song" (Routledge, 2002), Armstrong has also published numerous essays on race and gender in the American South. Her current book-in-progress, "Mary Turner and the Rhetoric of Lynching," studies the responses of writers, artists, and activists to the 1918 lynching of a pregnant woman in Georgia.

Born and raised in Birmingham, AL, Armstrong received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University in 1997. She and her husband Thomas Hallock are currently renovating a home in St. Petersburg's lovely and bohemian Old Southeast.

Irritable Tribe of Poets
With/Without : Melissa Fair and Susan Tyler of Irritable Tribe of Poets, which is a music and spoken word/poetry hybrid band, will read selections from their repertoire and then share live recordings of the same pieces performed with improvisational  music to reveal the heights and depths poetry can achieve when married to music. Also discussed will be how they give the band musical direction,how they choose pieces that will work with the band, and other topics. There will also coaching opportunities for those who wish to try their hand at reading their work to music.

Irritable Tribe of Poets
, a collective of performing poets and instrumentalists based in Tampa, FL, is an improvisation-oriented ensemble, actively mixing jazz, rock, funk and world-music textures with sundry styles of poetry.

The group has performed two Dali homage concerts at the Salvador Dali Museum for the 100th Centennial of Dali, quarterly themed concerts at Viva La Frida, WMNF's Tropical Heatwave (2001, 2003, 2004), Skipper's Smokehouse, the Orpheum, various colleges and universities and played the last Thursday of every month at King Corona Cigars in Ybor City for a year and a half.

Recordings include: Kahlo, a cd of Frida Kahlo based poetry by Rhonda J. Nelson and Irritable Tribe of Poets, as well as Irritable Tribe of Poets Live at the Salvador Dali Museum. Irritable Tribe of Poets' musicians back a collective of female poets on the CD 'Vital Signs: The Primal Sessions.' The band additionally has recorded with poets Stone Handy, Kwabena Dinizulu, Bradley Morewood and Farrell X. Hall.

The core group consists of: Rhonda J. Nelson (poet/artistic director), Jim Beckwith (percussion), Philip Booth (bass), and Jon Priest (drums). Top talent guitarists, keyboardists, woodwind and horn players are featured on a rotating basis, which adds to the chameleon-like quality of each performance. Other musicians in the collective include Bob Brown, Willie Lawson, Darren Liebman, Peter Mongaya, Jon Richardson, Alfredo Rivero, George Tortorelli and Ray Villadonga.

The following poets/ spoken-word artists appear with the Irritable Tribe of Poets on a rotating basis: Silvia Curbelo, Kwabena Dinizulu, Pamela Epps, Melissa Fair, Stone Handy, Myron Jackson, Lori Karpay, Bradley Morewood, Stazja McFadyen, Rhonda J. Nelson, Paradox, Edgar Santiago, James Tokley, Susan Tyler and Kevin Webb.

Venus Jones
Venus Jones is versatile! She’s an award winning speaker, writer and entertainer.  She’s a former MTV correspondent and an accomplished actress, voice-over and model.  She’s worked on blockbuster films like the Punisher and Out of Time. She also credits over 100 print ads and commercials to her name.

She’s the producer of the Multiverse and as a spoken word artist she’s shared the same stage with grammy nominated poet Nikki Giovanni.  She’s opened for Def Poetry on Broadway.  She’s a three-time Tampa Bay area slam winner. She served as the first resident poet on WMNF.  Her poetry has been published in the UK’s X magazine, Underground Poetz, Artists Embassy International and in Map of Austin Poetry. Her work has been featured at The Salvador Dali Museum, The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, The Improv and several poetry venues, conferences, schools and festivals across the U.S.

More info on her workshops, performances and products is available at www.venusjones.com.

Dionisio D. Martínez
Dionisio D. Martínez was born in Cuba in 1956. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Whiting Foundation. His book Bad Alchemy was one of twenty-five titles included in the New York Public Library's 1995 "Books To Remember" list, and History as a Second Language won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The Norton Anthology of Poetry The Best American Poetry (1992 and 1994), The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Hard Choices: An Iowa Review Reader, In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal, The New Republic, The American Poetry Review, Tampa Review, The Georgia Review, and Kenyon Review. In 1999, Martínez was invited by United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to read at the Library of Congress, where he also recorded his poems for the Library's archives; in 2000 he was on the faculty of Writers @ Work (Utah); in 2001 he was an artist-in-residence at the Seaside Institute (Seaside, FL) and participated in Prairie Schooner magazine's
75th Anniversary Celebration (Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln). Martínez conducts writing workshops for the YMCA National Writer's Voice and his essays and reviews appear in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Miami Herald, and the St. Petersburg Times.

Manuel Ramos
- born in brooklyn, ny
- raised in virginia beach, va
- moved to tampa march of 04'
- hosted an open mic in ybor city for the month of october
- currently working on a collaboration of artists that are featured on the tampa bay network site and acting as executive producer
- networktampabay.com is a free site for artists and those who provide services and material for them
- the sister site is: networkphilly.com
- plans are being made for a network757.com for those in Virginia and
networkdallas.com to start a branch in the lonestar state
- my name is manuel ramos i go by manny informally but also use the pen name Manual to reflect my desectularized lifestyle
- i'm a 20 yr old puerto rican who started out with hip hop then dove into poetry when my thoughts deepened and i felt like hip hop became a restriction for certain ideas i wanted to express...
- i'm still a lyricist, however and i do plan on releasing a cd by 4th quater 05'
- my music, my writing, my voice, Manual Labor: The Album...   coming soon

Jeffery James
Jeffery James a "TOKIN' POET"  aka Prozaq,  bio: Scumbag

Pedro Jarquin
Born in Nicaragua “with metaphors wrapped around his umbilical chord”, Pedro Jarquin has “walked miles with the broken glass of shattered dreams in his shoes” “and has come close to being stomped on by the steel toe boots of man’s indifference” simply to be able to offer you three realms of understanding the three layers of a poet’s soul through the form of spoken word poetry.  He’s a local poet and borderline bum and can be found spittin’ poetry anywhere from parties to bars, to weddings to funerals; dreaming up rabid poems and writing them “on top of a tombstone on a page ripped out of a fairy tale book then folding it into an origami swan and swinging it into the night so that the wind carries its wings into the horizon” and setting unborn suns into fetal positions so that you can forever enjoy the darkness of life. He also loves God, and females, especially artists. Check out his CD "A Dog in This Place You Call 'America'" which you can only buy from him.pj_rage@hotmail.com, or 727-698/3998.

Moving Current Dance Collective
Moving Current Dance Collective is launching an exciting NEW project! On the Spot is an experimental and informal concert series that will give its audiences an insider's view to making dances through the art of improvisation. Similar to theater improvisation, dancers like actors, are given a framework to create dances On the Spot, constructing and deconstructing within the given structure.  It's an ongoing venture that presents different dances every evening in intimate performance spaces.

The Conscious Party
To call "The Conscious Party" merely 'a poetry troupe' is an understatement. "The Conscious Party" is a group bound together through life experiences, that seek to inflict social change through the art of spoken word. The group actively accomplishes this goal by hosting "Black on Black Rhyme" one of Tampa's largest and longest running spoken word venues.

The group first organized in 2001, when the need for an spoken word venue that embraced the voices and needs of minorities could no longer be ignored.

The members consist of JB, Life, and Wally B., all of whom are successful in their individual endeavors as spoken word artists.

They have performed in venues all over the world including: The Motion Bar (London, England), The University of Wisconsin, The University of South Florida, The University of Florida, Florida State University, Legacy Bookstore (St Louis, MO), Funk Jazz Lounge (Miami), The Improv (Tampa, Orlando, Miami), & The House of Blues (New Orleans, LA).

The troupe members are also poetry slam champions, taking 1st Place in team
competition in The 2003 Hot Air Slam (State of Florida Championship) and 3rd and 5th Place in individual competition at the 2004 Southern Fried Regional Slam, featuring slam teams from all over the Southeast.

All three members have spoken word CD's available: JB's releases include "Pieces of Reality: A P.I.M.P.'s Dream" and "Feloniously Livin". Life currently has a self-titled CD available and is presently completing a new CD project (to be released in April 2004). Wally B.'s "Millennium Psalms: and "He Said WHAT?!" are both available for purchase.

For more information on 'The Conscious Party' please visit
www.blackon
blackrhyme.com


Spittin' Image Performers

Asia
Asia, a unique talent and rare find, at the age of 14 debuts her playwriting skills but undoubtedly presents her outstanding poetry performance gifts in this extension of the arts. Currently, Asia is a ninth-grader at Blake High School focusing her attention on theatrical performance. She is a former member of The Write Side Poets, having at one time served as Secretary to the Vice President. Her dedication to her craft is unmatched and her abilities are not to be surpassed. She intends to follow her spiritual path wherever it may lead her, discerning at even her young age that she is here to help her fellow man in whatever capacity she is lead to do so. At this time, her calling is poetry.

Lacey Nagy
This Gemini twister has been winding her winds throughout the Bay Area since hitting the poetry circuit not but a mere year ago. Though a few encounters with love may have left her jaded, cynical and mistrusting, this wordsmith still believes in the fantastical love that will proverbially prevail. Lacey, a native of Florida, hailing from Polk County, has not only survived through some of life's most heroining experiences that she puts on paper and masterfully crafts into poetry, but she's also a confident woman, creative genius and an imaginative person broken free from societal standards of refinement and what is deemed acceptable: Lacey is her own woman... none can compare 'cause none would dare. As the former Creative Director of The Write Side Poets and Co-director of Tongues, Lacey was challenged to extend her perameters of artistic insight from her comfort zone of home decor and beautifully designed, beyond heavenly tasty dishes to writing, performing and all the accolades that have followed for this bold move forward and out into the limelight of poetry nightlife.

SoulScribes

Callie Thompson
Callie Thompson is a young slam poet and senior studio art major at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. She has performed at dozens of art openings, open mics, readings, political rallies and poetry slams as well as up on a table in the middle of dinner for 400 unsuspecting students in a Dartmouth dining hall, on the streets of Berkeley with the Dartmouth and Texas State Nationals teams and many times at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC's East Village. She has also opened for Odetta and performed at a private party for poet Grace Paley and her husband, writer Robert Nichols. A member of the 2004 and 2005 Dartmouth Collegiate Nationals teams, Callie was the winner of the first poetry slam at Dartmouth in May of 2004.

Anna Sian
Anna Sian, a Filipina American born and raised in the East Village, NYC, is now a sophomore psychology major at Dartmouth College in NH. She grew up under the mentorship of poets such as Beau Sia and Ishle Park at the Asian American Writers Worskshop in NY and gets her inspiration from the NY poetry scene; the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club and Urbana at CBGB are her second, third, and fourth homes, and not necessarily in that order. Anna won second place in a citywide poetry contest for the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2003 and competed at UC Berkeley with the 2004 Dartmouth team for the National College Unions poetry slam. She thrives off of Hip Hop and mangoes, and loves to write about love.

 

*Biographies listed here are primarily provided by the performers, artists or participants involved in the SAY WHAT? program.





   

Program

: Dates
: Overview
: Curator
: Schedule

: Workshop Descriptions
: Sponsors & Supporters
: Press Release

Program Dates

03/03/05 - 03/19/05


Program Overview

SAY WHAT? will be a unique spoken word experience, the first of it's kind in the Tampa Bay area. This event is a celebration of the richness and diversity of the spoken word in the Tampa Bay area showcasing local poets and venues.  

Poetry
Focusing primarily on the Poetry Slam phenomenon that has been taking place nationally and internationally over the past few years.  We will  experience some of the history of poetry with readings and performances ranging from Shakespeare's time to the Dada poets of the early 1900's and from Jazz to Hip Hop.

Visual Art
SAY WHAT? will include 15 noted visual artists displaying a variety of work. These outstanding artists have been selected for this show because they often include text, words or letters as a critical ingredient in their art.  The variety and manner in which they include sentences or shapes of letters in their medium draws the viewer deeper into the understanding of the artist's intent.  Shadows cast by deeply incised text may be what you first read in Shirley Spear-Begley's works. Illuminated words that spiral around Duncan McClellan's beautifully delineated glass sculpture draw the viewer deeper into the work.  This exhibition is a visual and verbal delight and includes the artists Grace-Ann Alifero, Shirley Spear-Begley, Rocky Bridges, Lisa Kirksey, Martha Lent, Betsy Lester, Renee Little, Duncan McClellan, David Meek, Lenn Neff,  Leslie Newmann, Ruth Pettis, Kim Radatz, Celeste Simon, and David Williams.

Music & Dance



Musicians as well as dancers will interpret and explore the texture and rhythms of words.  

Some performances are part of the EMIT Series.

Educational Workshops
In addition, we will conduct workshops for aspiring poets of all ages.

Program Curator



Pedro Jarquin
, poetry
activist and student, is the Curator and Conceptual Planner for SAY WHAT?

Program Schedule

Ticket prices are shown where required and are per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Dates and times are subject to change. Additional performances, dates and times may be added.

March 3, Thursday

(Opening Night )

8:00 pm

Admission: Free
: Presentation of Venues
: Poets

           
March 4, Friday

8:00 pm

Admission: $3
: Open Mic
: Music


March 5, Saturday

1:00 pm

Admission: $5
: Positive Knowledge Workshop (EMIT Series)
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3:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Ranney Workshop
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8:00 pm
Admission: $8 ($5 students)
: Positive Knowledge
(EMIT Series)
: Special Performance
: David Manson and Dionisio Martinez electronic translation and poets


March 6, Sunday

1:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Dundu Dole Workshop
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3:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Kwabena Dinzulu Workshop
Young Poets Event
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8:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Video of the work of Edmund Skellings, Poet Laureate of Florida
: Theater of Poetry ...SPITTIN' IMAGES, a play on words


March 9, Wednesday

8:00 pm
Admission: $3
: 'LOOKING BACK' with poets reading historical works including Bob Devin Jones-Shakespeare, Susan Alexander-DaDa, Julie Armstrong, USF, presentation of Gospel to Hip Hop

March 10, Thursday

8:00 pm
Admission: Free
: Network open
mic and competition

March 11, Friday

8:00 pm
Admission: $3
: Theater of Poetry.... SPITTIN' IMAGES,
a play on words

March 12, Saturday

1:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Ranney Workshop
Young Poets Event
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3:00 pm
Admission: Free
: SHOWCASE YOUNG POETS Hosted by Ranney
Young Poets Event

8:00 pm
Admission: $10
: Improvisational
dance based on spoken word, performance by Moving Current

Bring a large pillow to sit on and get first row seats!

9:00 pm
Admission: $3
: Open Mic

March 13, Sunday

1:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Bob Devin
Jones Workshop
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3:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Susan Alexander Workshop
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8:00 pm
Admission: $3
(Proceeds from this evening go to Youth Arts Corps to promote poetry in youth)
: Photography Improvisation

March 16, Wednesday

8:00 pm
Admission: Free
: Network Show.... competition finale

March 18, Friday

8:00 pm
Admission: $3
: James Tokley and Peter Meinke

March 19, Saturday
(Closing Night)

1:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Irritable Tribe of Poets

3:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Soulscribes


8:00 pm
Admission: $5
: Fashion Show
with poems

General Gallery
Days & Times


Wednesday - Sunday
1:00 pm - Until Last Performance
Additional dates times are listed above in the program schudule.

Workshop Descriptions

March 5, Saturday 

1:00 pm

Positive Knowledge, a New York based group, will lead this workshop for adults. They work with the 'spirit' of music and the spoken word. Oluyemi and Ijeoma Thomas have recorded and performed together for the past two decades, composing and sharing their joyful Creative World Music Systems with lovers of music and poetry around the world. Ijeoma Thomas - Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet vocalist and teacher believes 'all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit'. Composer, teacher musician Oluyemi Thomas brings elements of life and work to the flow and he believes: 'The musicians's art is among those worthy of the highest praise'.

3:00 pm
 
Ranney workshop for adults. See thte 'Tunin' workshop described below.

March 6, Sunday

1:00 pm

The Drum Speaks Workshop will be conducted by members of Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet Company. This workshop is open to poets of all ages. Dundu Dole is a well known local organization that provides opportunities for young and old participants to learn and perform African American dance and drumming. Demonstrations of drum speak will be given and drumming instruments will be provided to students. Students will practice both historical rhythms and make up their own systems of communication.

3:00 pm

Kwabena Dinzulu will lead this workshop for young poets. This workshop will introduce young people to the rich history and expressiveness of poetry.
Kwabena Dinizulu is a critically acclaimed, internationally know Performance Artist, Poet and Griot. For over a decade, he has captivated, educated, enlightened and entertained audiences of all ages.

March 12, Saturday

1:00 pm

Ranney provides a 'Tuning' workshop for young poets twelve years old and up. This workshop starts out with a purging, a series of exercises that wipes the mental. physical, and spiritual slate clean. With the instructors assistance, the artists will go through a series of exercises designed specifically for finding the artist's best connection and performance avenue through the piece. Ranney was a nominee for best international poet by the Farrago Group. He is a key figure in the Tampa Bay performing arts scene.

March 13, Sunday

1:00 pm

Bob Devin Jones will go over the powerful elements of communication through body language. In addition the workshop will include the concepts of stage presence. Students will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills in front of their fellow students.

3:00 pm

Susan Alexander will conduct a workshop dealing with methods that can be used to memorize and internalize poems. Techniques include exploring how to manipulate sound, breath and movement to clearly communicate ideas. Susan is a well known actor in the Tampa Bay area. She has performed extensively at American Stage and other venues in our community.



Program Sponsors
& Supporters


Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Digital Studios



Todd Germann Consulting