t'ai freedom ford will read poetry after the screening of The Revival: Women and the Word. The film chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, (including t'ai freedom ford) who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color. Their journey to strengthen their community is enriched by insightful interviews with leading Black feminist thinkers and historians, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nikki Finney, and Alexis Deveaux. As the group tours the country, the film reveals their aspirations and triumphs, as well as the unique identity challenges they face encompassing gender, race, and sexuality. This is a rarely seen look into a special sisterhood – one where marginalized voices are both heard and respected.
Melwood Screening Room: 477 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Showcase Reading Series: Readings by t'ai freedom ford (how to get over, Red Hen Press); Lauren Hunter (Human Achievements, Birds, LLC); Debora Kuan (Lunch Portraits, Brooklyn Arts Press); and Airea D. Matthews (simulacra, Yale University Press)
Poet's House: 10 River Terrace, New York, NY
5:30-6:30pm: Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the history of the Beach House site.
Lynnell Edwards, t’ai freedom ford, Diane Gilliam, Genevieve Kaplan, and Jessica Piazza, with musical interlude by Caitlyn Conlin.
Join a fabulist from West Virginia, a straight shooter from New York, a Kentuckian and two Los Angeles poets in this fantastic omnibus reading.
To find out more about the performers check out the Red Hen Press event page here:
Music and literature combine to create a breath-taking performance featuring Red Hen poets Brendan Constantine and t’ai freedom ford, and the Los Angeles premiere of IMAGINATION DEAD IMAGINE, a setting of Samuel Beckett's text composed by Michael Roth, featuring Quartet Nouveau.
The Broad Stage: 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA