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BOOKS

<a href=”http://corollarypress.org/Corollary_Press/Home.html”Quantum Spit, Corollary Press, OCT 10 (chapbook)

The Black Automaton, Fence Books, DEC 09 (full-length)

Fear, Some, Red Hen Press, OCT 06 (full-length)

Spare Parts + Lost Cities , self-published, 09 (eChapbook)

InJury, self-published, 08 (eChapbook)

Atomic Buckdance, self-published, 03 (chapbook)

Anthem (Collapsing), self-published, 01 (chapbook)


OPERAS

Crescent City

a “Voodoo Queen” struggles to save a city
from a hurricane. Scenes showcased at

The New York City Opera program, Vox 2009 in NYC.

Sucktion
a woman has a cyber-erotic transformation

via the subversive use of a vacuum cleaner.

Premiered JUL 08 in Los Angeles.

Mordake
a man born with his sisterâs face on the back

of his head has a night of reckoning.

Premiered MAY 08 in San Francisco.

Jungaeyé
a totalitarian engineer, a machete wielding

malcontent and a spider with a taste for meat

have an apocalyptic conflict; written in an

artificial language. Libretto excerpts featured

in Performance Research 12.3: On Blackness .


Atomic_chapbook

INJURY // 2008
In grad school, I had the good fortune to take an “experiments in writing” class with Dodie Bellamy. One exercise we got to to try included writing a series of 12 poems about a thing without ever directly naming the thing the poems were about. InJury was born. It existed primarily as 12 individual graphic design pieces and were mounted both at CalArts and at UC Santa Barbara’s Afro Geek Conference (thanks, Duriel Harris!). I always wanted a way to distribute these but it would be too expensive to do (in color and at the right size) and still have them accessibly priced. Thus, they were perfect for my free PDF chapbook series! Also included is “Miranda Rizights”âa poem I wrote in 2005. This chapbook was available on my site for about eight months (FEB to OCT) and was downloaded over 1100 times.

ATOMIC BUCKDANCE // 2003
Another DIY joint, I envisioned this as a companion to Anthem (Collapsing). I think I made about 60 of these, and have only my own copy left. I really wanted to put some of my more typographically experimental work out in the world, and this chapbook became a vehicle for that. I cannibalized a few of these poems for Fear, Some. I also used a poem from my Dove Sessions project*â âBrâer Parrot Learns His Own Songâ and the dismantled Watermeloncholy, Baby project (âThermojukleargeechigun,â âMumbo Gumboâ and âAtomic Buckdanceâ were slated for that one). Full table of contents below:

âBrâer Parrot Learns His Own Songâ
ââthat bit youââ
âBougienigga Moan from North of Integrationâ
âDealingâ
âOn the Morning of our Fifth Anniversaryâ
â[see line 19]â
âThermojukelear Geechi Gunâ
Buckdancing for Beginners
ââMumbo Gumboâ/âLike A Mosquitoâs Tongueâ
ââscene from The Poisonous Coonâ
ââView from an Uptown Window: MPLSâ
“It has come to this⦔
âAtomic Buckdanceâ
âJimiattabucket(oh, Blood!)â

*A series of 17 dramatic monologues, one each for every human figure in Romare Beardenâs photomontage, The Dove (1964).âShadowboxer on the Lookout,â which appears in Fear, Some, is also from that series of poems.

Anthem_Chapbook

ANTHEM (COLLAPSING) // 2001
My first chapbook was a DIY affair; I made it to sell at shows in Minneapolis. I think I made about 100 of these, all told. Many of these poems begin an exploration of a lyrical style highly influenced by Bob Kaufmanâs Cranial Guitar and several poems from Carl Hancock Ruxâs Pagan Operetta. As the bookâs title suggests, the poems were explicitly political in theme and content.

I have a few copies of this one left. For those of you who have Fear, Some: yes, the title poem(s) of this chap are earlier versions of Anthem (collapsing) in the full-length book. Also included in this chapbook are the s(t)aint suite: a cycle of poems about Mumia Abu Jamal; âThe Elephants Honky Tonk at the End of the Worldâ: a poem about the Republican National Convention in Philly, 2000; and âThe Super Nigger Monster Jamâ: one of the last of the âjam*â poems and an MPLS barn burner. Full table of contents below:

âMexico City, 1968â
the s(t)aint suite
âIntroduction
ââ1. voiceâ
ââ2. sidesâ
ââ3. reasonable doubt?â
ââ4. du(e/a)lâ
ââ5. the voiceless: william cook speaksâ
ââ6. re-tale (why this is happening)â
ââ7. love (american style)â
âThe Elephants Honky Tonk at the End of the Worldâ
Anthem (collapsing)
ââtwwwweeeeeeeeeeeetttttt!!!!!!!!!!â
ââthe song of samâ
ââthrenody for haliæetus leucocephalusâ
ââthe ballot booth slowgrindâ
ââthe theme from star wars (remix)â
ââmelting pot (original dance mix)â
âlook: up in the skyâ
âThe Super Nigger Monster Jamâ

*The âjamâ poems were poems akin to rants, but more structured. Somewhat.

Black Automaton Poetics

POETICS: The Black Automaton Series
(Installment 1)

The Black Automaton poems started as an exercise in my journal.

Every now and then, when I’m feeling a bit stuck, I think up 30 titles for poems I may not write. “The Black Automaton” kept popping up. I logged it in the back of my mind somewhere.

Later on, I began to think of certain processes I was growing obsessed with; I was locked into a kind of repetition, an idea that if one repeats a phrase enough, the reader (and as writer, I’m the first reader) will stop thinking of the individual words in the phrase. They will become a unit. A sort of plastic complex of words. At some other point, I’ll talk about how this relates to my “theory” of sampling, but it’s 1:00 a.m. now, so this is all I can do. Through repetition, I wanted the reader to pay attention to the fact that on the page, repetition is as much visual as it is cognitive. The visuality of it gets at my desire for a “performative page.”

In the summer of 2005, I was staring at blank pages in my journal. I had just finished teaching clustering exercises to high school kids and I remembered how these processes lookedâit was like a word exploded/flowered into new words, some clearly, others more idiosyncratically, associated with each other. I decided to try the exercise, but to somehow represent the process of the exercise in the poem’s final form.

The first draft (or, perhaps, “sketch”) looked a great deal like what you’ll find in the developed “Black Automaton” poems. These poems give me the opportunity to toy with visual poetics, a loose family of ideas I’ve been nursing about how to, say, represent rhyme visually–even when the words used don’t rhyme. Is there a “spatial” rhyme? How can one create simultaneity in a written document? That is to say, can I accompany myself in a poem, as a pianist might play and sing at the same time.

For me, the most exciting element of the Black Automaton poems is that I compose them directly in a design program, so the typographic procedures are not imposed on a “regular” poem, but elements such as layering, kerning, alignment, etc. play as important a role to the meaning of the poem as the dictionâeven as the poem is in its first draft. It’s a whole new kind of “poetic attention” (how I refer to the particular relationship between poets and languageânot narrative or information) to experience.

So, the design becomes a kind of procedure. The “Black Automaton” or the poems’ elastic “it” (in small capitals) becomes at once a joke on the “black folks as monolithic” misperception and me as a poet following a particular set of constraints.

These poems are also my way of trying to synthesize hip hop production styles (sampling, chopping, layering) into a composition process and aesthetic. The approach to language is drawn from De La Soul’s Dave and Harryette Mullen. The overall texture of the texts seems to hover around Prince Paul covered by Madlib. Visually, the poems are like flowcharts or wildstyles (although to truly tap into the power of a wildstyle, they need to cover something up).

When she first saw one of the poems, my wife said they were like maps of a hip hop mind. Works for me.

The Black Automaton In De Despair Ub Existence #1

mw intro

// MUCKWORKS???
Right now, youâre probably asking, âWhat is MuckWorks?â

Answer: Poets Yona Harvey and Douglas Kearney with a trunk full of lab coats.

We believe that writers should get the opportunity to muck around a bit. To try new things, but with the alibi: “MuckWorks made me do it!” And “it,” here, denotes one of a variety of secret poetic experiments.

MuckWorks will produce a series of chapbooks, pamphlets and more in which some of our favorite writers will be invited to experiment with different projects and constraints. The results will then be made available as free pdfs or mp3s downloadable from this site.

MuckWorks One features eight poets writing covers of Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander’s poem, “Ladders,â from her first collection, The Venus Hottentot. Check out new work from: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Brian Gilmore, Yona Harvey, Terrance Hayes, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Douglas Kearney, Bao Phi and Crystal Williams!

Click below to download:

Curriculum Vitae

DOUGLAS KEARNEY
douglas@douglaskearney.com

For full CV, please download the PDF on the previous page

EDUCATION
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
MFA Writing 2004, School of Critical Studies
MFA Thesis in Writing, School of Critical Studies: Jungaeyé, an opera libretto written in a language invented from a fusion of African-diaspora-based vernaculars, dialects, pidgins and syntactic constructions.

Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Major: B.A. English 1996, College of Arts and Sciences, Summa Cum Laude

HONORS
âCoat Hanger Award, poem: âSwimchant of Nigger Mer-folk,â awarded by mipoesias.com (2007)
âMapfund Grant, lyrics âSucktionâ with Anne LeBaron, composer (2007)
âNew American Poet, awarded by Poetry Society of America (2007)
âPhi Beta Kappa (inducted 1995)
âGolden Key Honors Society (inducted 1994)
âDeanâs List, Howard University (1992â1996)

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS
âFirst returning fellow for Idyllwild Summer Arts Poetry Fellowship (2007)

âIdyllwild Summer Arts Poetry Fellowship (2006) a week-long writing conference/workshop. Fellowships are offered through nomination.
âBread Loaf Writerâs Conference Waiterâs Scholarship: âawarded to applicants whose writing shows exceptional promise.â (middlebury college, vt 2004)
âCallaloo Creative Writerâs Workshop Fellowship: a two-week workshop sponsored by Callaloo, an internationally-distributed literary journal. (texas a&m university, tx 2004 & 2005)
âDonn Tatum Scholarship (2003)
âCave Canem Fellow: Cave Canem hosts a week-long workshop/retreat for emerging African American poets. A fellowship lasts for three workshop/retreats, after which, you graduate. (cranbrook institute, mi 2000â2002)
âNational Merit Scholarship (1992)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Faculty, California Institute of the Arts, valencia, ca Current
Teaching three courses per semester in African American Studies, through the Critical Studies department.
Current courses (syllabi available upon request):

ââEating Uncle Ben: Using âBlacknessâ For Fun And Profitâ

ââWet Black Ink: Contemporary African American Poetsâ

ââThe Crazy Negro(es): An Investigation of the Stagolee Traditionâ

ââBoom Bap Boom: The Sociocultural Impact of Hip Hopâ

ââMutating Blues: An Interdisciplinary Laboratoryâ

ââRemixing Jemima: Aesthetics and Contemporary Mythmakingâ

Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of the Arts, valencia, ca Fall 2004­âSpring 2006
Taught two courses to upper-level bfa students. âBones, Meat & Skinâ a poetry writing workshop and âRemixing Jemimaâ an investigation of poetics and contemporary mythmaking. For Fall 2005, âRemixing Jemimaâ was a âFoundation-levelâ course (one of a few courses bfa-1s can choose to satisfy a Humanities requirement). Teaching a Foundation-level course in contemporary Black poetry and a course on poetic recitation for the Theater School for Spring 2006.

Faculty, Community Arts Partnership Summer Academy, eagle rock, ca 2005
Taught high-school students poetry, fiction and non fiction at a two-week program. The class met for six hours a day.

Teaching Assistant, California Institute of the Arts, valencia, ca 2002â2004
Assisted in âPoetry Today,â a survey course focused on American poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Workshop Leader, Eastside Saint Paul Boys and Girls Club, saint paul, mn 2000
Led poetry workshop for children, ages 5â16.

PUBLICATIONS
POETRY: COLLECTIONS
âFear, Some Red Hen Press, Granada Hills, CA

POETRY: ANTHOLOGIES
ââBig Thicket: Pastoralâ âThe Ringing Ear, University of Georgia Press, 2007
ââSprung Flungâ (collaboration with Harryette Mullen)âSaints of Hysteria, Soft Skull Press, 2007
ââAnansi Meets Peter Parker at the Taco Bell on LexingtonââDark Matter: Reading the Bones, Aspect Books, 2003 â(This anthology won the 2005 World Fantasy Award for anthologies.)
ââHalfaman Considers What He BorrowedââCave Canem VII, Cave Canem, 2002
ââBabalooââCity Works 2002, San Diego City College, 2002
âârep/resentââBum Rush the Page, Three Rivers Press, 2001
ââPasadena City Hall, April 29, 1992ââRole Call, Third World Press, 2001
ââSkin&bones Seeks a New RiverââCave Canem VI, Cave Canem, 2001

POETRY: LITERARY JOURNALS/MAGAZINES
âexcerpts from Jungaeyé: A LibrettoâPerformance Research (forthcoming 2007)
ââThe Black Automaton in Coalition-Building A Better Mousetrap,â âThe American Troubadorâ and âBeing An (A)Merican(Merkin) Chapter 2: ess you veeââAskew #4 Fall/Winter 2007
ââCity of Searchlights and Dead Catsâ and âFloodsong #6: Bullfrogâs Liturgy of the EucharistââGulf Coast, 2007
ââReport on the Transformationâ¦â, âWhen the Rain is Piss #4â, âWhen the Rain is Piss #5â, âBreaking Tallboys Open #1ââTrepan 5 October 2006
ââThe Poet As Settingâ and âDiscount Ritual in 4 Parts: Bag of Afroââjubilat Eleven, 2006
ââThicket. 02: Book of the Dead: ImmortalityââCallaloo Vol. 28, Number 4, 2006
ââPoem with Some Sand and All at OnceâShaitan!ââMangroveâNumber 14, 2005
ââHimâ, âThe Blue Songs of Whalesâ and âThe Chitlin Circuitâânocturnes, 3, 2004
ââFakir Floats Above Street LevelââCallaloo ,Vol. 26, Number 2, 2003
ââJimiattabucket(O Blood)ââSunk, Vol. I. i, 2003
ââThe Crossroads of Convenience StoresââAche, Winter 02, Vol. 002, 2002
ââBlack Market JamââThe Ethiopâs Ear, Winter/Spring, Vol. 1, 1999
ââSceneâ and â5 and 1 Coffee Sugar GirlââThe Publication, Vol. IV: v,1999
ââmoney: the pick-up gameââThe Amistad Vol. 1, 1996

POETRY: WEBSITES
ââTallahatchie LullaBye, Baby,â âSwimchant for Nigger Mer-folkâ and âThe Cruel, Cruel Cityââhttp://www.mipoesias.com/EVIESHOCKLEYISSUE/âFebruary 2007
ââAuto,â âThe Orange Alert,â âAt the Pink Teacupâ and âShadowboxer on the Lookoutââla-lit.com/writers/la-lit-4-doug-kearneyââFebruary 2006
ââBeautiful/Useful,â âThicket. 05: Book of the Dead: The Bleeding Placeâ and âThicket. 04: Scene From a River of Dustââwww.exittheapple.com/applesauceâJanuary 2005
ââ[see line 19]â and âMessiah Dies For Their Sinsââwww.calarts.edu/~writing/samples.htmlâFall 2004

ARTICLES: MAGAZINESâselected
ââBring the Noiseâ: A review and interview with Public Enemyâs Chuck DâEntertainment Today, Vol. 37, No. 27
ââWhat Doomed Enterprise?: A Digital Interview with Willie PerdomoââView From the Loft, April/May, 2004
ââUnder the Influence of Breath: Exploring the Roots of the Spoken Word ResurgenceââSpeakeasy, Vol. II: i, 2003
âAn Interview with Toi DerricotteâView From the Loft, January/February 2001
ââLoni Berry: Through the Briar PatchââThe Publication Vol. IV: vi, 1999
ââBecky Cohen: Evolution and the Art of StaringââThe Publication, Vol. IV: iv, 1999
ââErika Torri: The Athenaeum Stands at the Threshold of its 100th YearââThe Publication, Vol. IV: iii, 1999
ââHarry Sternberg: Words and PicturesââThe Publication, Vol. III: vii, 1998
ââDouble Vision: Wu Han and David Finckelâs Plans for San DiegoââThe Publication, Vol. III vi, 1998
ââWilliam Glen Crooks: Talking in PicturesââThe Publication, Vol. III: iii, 1998

OPERA/STAGE
âDramaturg for âEcho::system­âThe Desert,â by Grisha Coleman. Premiered September 2007 in Pittsburgh, PA
âLibrettist for Mordake: A Triptych, with score by Erling Wold. Upcoming.
âLyricist for Sucktion, with score by Anne LeBaron. Premiered May 2006.
âServed as assistant director for Wet, with libretto by Terese Svoboda and score by Anne LeBaron. The production mounted at REDCAT in Los Angeles, CAâDecember 2005.
âWrote/performed text for âTetraodontiformalismâ a dance piece selected for the 2005 Cal Arts Spring Dance Concert. Choreographed by Katiana Rush.âApril 2005.
âWrote the âbattleâ libretto for Six Minutes, a play by Eisa Davis, commissioned by the Hip Hop Theatre Festival and presented at Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem, NYâNovember 2004.
âCo-wrote the libretto for Le Point Vierge a collaborative opera with Melissa Weaver and John Duykers; performed at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CAâApril 2004

AUDIO/VIDEOâselected
ââ2nd Cornerâ and âBumper BlisterââGettinâ To It, Done Been, 2006
ââCalArts 35th Anniversaryâ video (text and voiceover)âCarol Anne Klonarides, producer 2005
ââCrossroads of Convenience Storesâ and âHip Hop HaikuââRefugeography, Thien-bao Thuc Phi 2005
ââPB&JââNazirahâs Playhouse, Nazirah P. Mickey, Speakeasy Records, 2002
ââMonkey on My Back,â âKasperâ and ârep/resentââTest Type Trio, Test Type Trio, 2002

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
WORKSHOPS & LECTURES
âPoets in the Schools: workshop leader, Camino Nuevo Charter High School,
Los Angeles, CAâFebruaryâMarch 2007

âThe Talking Page: lecturer, Germantown Poetry Festival, Philadelphia, PAâApril 2007

âThe Talking Page: lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PAâMarch 2007
ââPoets in the Schoolsâ: workshop leader, Camino Nuevo Charter High School, Los Angeles, CAâNovemberâDecember 2005
ââApplying Poetic Termsâ: lecturer, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CAâNovember 2003
ââConcrete Poetryâ: lecturer, San Jose City College, San Jose, CAâFebruary 2003
ââDyamsay Writing Workshopâ: co-leader, Santa Monica, CAâ2002â2003
ââCollaborative Poetryâ Workshop: leader, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VAâNovember 2002
ââCollaborative Poetryâ Workshop: leader, Cave Canem 2002, Cranbrook, MIâJune 2002
ââPersona Poetry/The Dramatic Monologue:â: lecturer, Chula Vista High School, Chula Vista, CA âMay 2002
ââThe Bop Form:â: lecturer, San Diego City College, San Diego, CAâMarch 2002
ââPersona Poetry/The Dramatic Monologue:â: lecturer, Pittsburgh High School of Creative and Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PAâFebruary 2002
ââWriterzBlock Workshopâ: co-leader, San Diego, CAâ1998â1999

PANELS
ââThe Other in Contemporary Art Discourse: Owning, Speaking and Being âThe Otherâ (panelist) California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CAâSeptember 2007
ââOuter Workingsâ (panelist) Cave Canem Tenth Anniversary, New York, NYâOctober 2006
ââWriters and Warâ (panelist) San Diego City College, San Diego, CAâMay 2006
ââLiterary Citizensâ (panelist) AWP, Austin, TXâMarch 2006
ââMaking Art in War Timeâ (panelist) Betalevel, Los Angeles, CAâJanuary 2006
ââLover and the Beloved in Sufi Poetryâ (moderator) California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CAâOctober 2005
ââLetters and Numbersâ (moderator) noulipo: Experimental Writers Series, Los Angeles, CAâOctober 2005
ââMore Than Little Green Men: People of Color in Speculative Fictionâ (panelist) San Diego Comic-Con International, San Diego, CAâJuly 2004

READINGS/PERFORMANCES: FEATURED POET (selected)
âLast Call, Valencia, CAâSeptember 2007

âMoonday, Pacific Palisades, CAâSeptember 2007

âThe Ugly Mugg, Orange, CAâSeptember 2007

âMetropolis Bookstore, Los Angeles, CAâAugust 2007

âSkylight Books, Los Angeles, CAâJuly 2007

âCafé Aroma, Idyllwild, CAâJuly 2007

âBowery Poetry Club, New York, NYâMay 2007

âCornelia Street Café, New York, NYâMay 2007

âLA Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CAâApril 2007

âGermantown Poetry Festival, Philadelphia, PAâApril 2007

âMoles (Not Molar), Philadelphia, PAâApril 2007

âNew American Poets, The New School, New York, NYâApril 2007

âShadow Lounge, Pittsburgh, PAâMarch 2007

âCarnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PAâMarch 2007

âUniversity of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PAâMarch 2007

âPoetry at the Ruskin, Los Angeles, CAâNovember 2006
âSmall Press Traffic, San Francisco, CAâNovember 2006
âSan Diego City College, San Diego, CAâMay 2006
âCalArts MFA Writing Alumni Showcase, High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles, CAâMay 2006
âUniversity of WisconsinâMadison, Madison, WIâApril 2006
ââDeep Like the Rivers: African-American Poets of Los Angeles,â The Clark Library, Los Angeles, CAâMarch 2006
âPoetry @ SMH: Frequency, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NYâFebruary 2006
ââHalf Hour from Homeâ California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CAâOctober 2005
âBSUâPoetry Slam, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDâFebruary 2005
â3Wheeze beeze likes the Remix2, The Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NYâNovember 2004
âEquilibrium, The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MNâSeptember 2004
âPomona College, Pomona, CAâApril 2004
âExhale, University of Florida, Gainesville, FLâNovember 2003
âA Taste of Art Gallery, New York, NYâNovember 2003
âThe World Stage, Los Angeles, CAâOctober 2003
âBlue/Print, California Institute of the Arts, CAâSeptember 2003
âSan Jose City College, San Jose, CAâFebruary 2003
âCollege of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA November 2002
âFluid Movements, The Public Theatre, New York, NYâAugust 2002
âSlam Nationals, Minneapolis, MNâAugust 2002
âSa-I-Gu, Locus Performance Space, San Francisco, CAâApril 2002
âDos Mil Espacios, San Diego City College, San Diego, CAâApril 2002
âSun Crumbs Poetry Series, Pittsburgh, PAâFebruary 2002
âSingers at Daybreak, First Ave., Minneapolis, MNâAugust 2001
âRhapsody In Colorâan exhibition of art from the Russian Avant Garde Movement of the Early 20th Century. I co-wrote and performed in a multi-media, performance poetry sequence. Commissioned by and mounted at the Weisman Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis, MNâFebruary, 2001

RADIO/PODCASTâselected
ââBeautiful Struggleâ KPFK (radio): guest, Los Angeles, CAâSeptember 2007
ââProsodyâ (podcast): guest, Pittsburgh, PAâfeed://wyep.org/podcasts/prosody.xmlâMay 2007
ââLA Litâ (podcast): guest, Los Angeles, CAâ<a href=âla-lit.com/writers/la-lit-4-doug-kearney/â</a>âOctober 2005<br /> ââBrazos Writerâs Talkâ KEOS (radio): guest, Bryant, TXâMay 2005<br /> ââConversations with Al McFarlaneâ KFAI (radio): guest, Minneapolis, MNâSeptember 2004<br /> ââIllfonixâ KSDS (radio): guest, San Diego, CAâOctober 2002<br /><br /><br /><br />

Text

// TEXT

“The Black Automaton in Tag” poems

// TEXT + NOTES

“The City Vs. John Henry” #1â#4

// TEXT + AUDIO

“Tallahatchie LullaBye, Baby”
“The Cruel, Cruel City”
“Swimchant For Nigger Mer-Folk”

“Atomic Buckdance”
“Live/Evil”
“Alameda Street”
“Eric Visits His Father”
“Show It!!!”
“Divination Procedure for the Modern Day Sucker MC: Answers for Four”
“Divination Procedure for the Modern Day Sucker MC: Answers for Nine”
“The City Vs. John Henry”

// VIDEO

“The Chitlin Circuit” @ Spelman College, 2007
Selections from The Germantown Poetry Festival, 2007
“The Chitlin Circuit,” “Family Room” and “Tallahatchie Lullabye, Baby” @ Pharmaka in Downtown L.A.

//LIKE WHAT YOU SEE + HEAR?

Booking Packet (2.5 mb PDF)

Bio

// BIO

I am an L.A.-based poet, performer, librettist and teacher. My writing has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. I’ve been a featured performer across the country and on the radio. My libretto work has earned collaborations with a number of great artists in experimental and traditional theater and opera. One such collaboration, a sci-fi concert theater piece called Sucktion earned composer Anne LeBaron and me a MAP Fund grant.

I’m a Cave Canem graduate and received an MFA from CalArts where I currently teach African American Studies.

My first full-length collection, Fear, Some (Red Hen Press) is available. My second full-length collection of poems, The Black Automaton, is Catherine Wagner’s National Poetry Series selection and will be published by Fence Books in fall, 2009. I was honored to receive a Whiting Writers Award in 2008.

The link below will take you to a downloadable pdf version of my CV. I’ll update it every month or so.

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//INTERVIEWS
Dialogue between Amaud Jamaul Johnson + Me (text only)
Podcast of Interview on Jan Beatty’s Prosody Radio Show
Podcast of Interview on LA Lit