Maria talks with writers Sarah A. Chavez & Miguel M. Morales, Art In The Loop with poet Annette Billings, Ann Holliday Progam Director and art/education/curator Jessica Borusky, and in our second half of the program, painter/educator Harold Smith.
Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the chapbook, All Day, Talking (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), which was featured on Sundress Publications’ book spotlight, The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed. She holds a PhD in English with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in North Dakota Quarterly, Stirring: A Literary Collective, Spoon River Poetry Review, Luna Luna Magazine, among others. Her manuscript, This, Like So Much, was an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Contest. A selection from her chapbook manuscript All Day, Talking won the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship in 2013. Her debut full-length poetry collection, Hands That Break & Scar is forthcoming (Sundress Publications, 2017). She is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. www.sarahachavez.com
Guided by his writing Miguel M. Morales has learned to embrace his beginnings as a migrant farm worker/child laborer in Texas. Morales employs traditional, nontraditional, and emerging media to help people tell their stories. Miguel was recently named a Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. Morales is also an award-winning journalist most notably earning the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award. Miguel served as President on the Latino Writers Collective board of directors and is featured in its anthologies, Primera Página: Poetry from the Latino Heartland (Expanded Edition), and Cuentos del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland. Morales’ work also appears on the premier Latino Literature website, La Bloga; in Present magazine; in From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction; and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry.
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Art in the Loop
The mission of the Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is to contribute to the visual identity, enrichment, and revitalization of Downtown Kansas City, create new opportunities for artistic development, and expand public interaction with new art of excellence. AILF is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging artists in the on-going revitalization of Downtown Kansas City.
AILF seeks to play a proactive role in bringing further attention to Kansas City as a place where exciting and accomplished contemporary art is not just happening but is, in fact, helping to define the city’s identity.
AILF is a unique partnership of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, the Kansas City Art Institute and the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
Annette Billings-A Net Full of Hope
In our divisive society, much exists that serves to further a sense of separateness. Despite this, wellspoken poetry remains as unifying a force as it has ever been. The written/spoken word yields influence on the common fabric of our lives. It can connect threads of human experiencelove, loss, anger, hunger for justice, grief by weaving in hope. There seems to be a frequent urge to cast stones at one another. What my poetry suggests and demonstrates is the casting of hope in written/spoken form.
Billings will perform between 11:30 and 1:30, on Thursday, August 11 in Oppenstein Park, at 12th & Walnut.
Annette Hope Billings is known for the dramatic presentation of her work. She is an award-winning poet, actress and playwright. Her most recent collection of poetry is “A Net Full of Hope,” available on Amazon.
For more information about Art in the Loop, contact:
Ann Holliday, program director firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Borusky, art, education, & curation
Art in the Loop Foundation 1000 Walnut, Suite 200 KCMO 64106 816-421-1539
Harold Smith, educator/painter, “I am an artist working primarily in acrylics and mixed media (though I do oil occasionally). My work is influenced by the jazz and the jazz dynamic in life. I live and work in the Kansas City area. My work has been collected worldwide and I have exhibited in France, New York, Newport, San Francisco, College Park (MD), and of course Kansas City.”