Joy Harjo, Patricia Smith and the 86 Ensemble @ SPACE

This news is nice because one of our authors Martin Steingesser joins 86 Ensemble for this event.

Joy Harjo, Patricia Smith and the 86 Ensemble @ SPACE
On Wednesday, July 13, two of today’s most dynamic and acclaimed poets, Joy
Harjo and Patricia Smith, arrive in Portland for an electrifying evening of
spoken word, live music and performance.

Albuquerque-based Harjo draws on her Mvskoke-Creek heritage to bring stories
of transcendence and redemption to life.  Joy has published fourteen books
and released four award-winning CD’s of original music.  Joy performs spoken
word and saxophone  internationally with her band Arrow Dynamics.   Joy’s
many awards include the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry
Society of America.    She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Chicago-native Smith’s 2008 work, Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award
finalist, chronicles the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in
riveting, fierce style.    Patricia was a winner of the 2009 Paterson Award
for Sustained Literary Achievement, and one of NPR’s and the Library
Journal’s Top Books of 2008.   Teahouse of the Almighty was the winner of
the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and the 2007 Paterson Poetry Prize.

Smith has  performed around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Poets
Stage in Stockholm, Rotterdam’s Poetry International, the Aran Islands
International Poetry and Prose Festival, the Bahia Festival, the Schomburg
Center , the Sorbonne in Paris and and toured in Germany, Austria and
Holland.  She is a Pushcart Prize winner, and a four-time individual
champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the
competition’s history.

Patricia Smith and Joy Harjo are joined by The 86 Ensemble including Ben
Noyes, Gil Helmick and Jesse Lynch plus Martin Steingesser with Rudy
Gabrielson and Rick Cormier.    Collaborating with the performances of
Harjo, Smith and The 86 Ensemble are musicians Kyle Hardy, Duncan Hardy,
Mark Tipton, Josh Francis, Chris Sprague, Maria Wagner, Blake Hawley and
Jacob  Forbes .

Movement Artists from Maine  and Massachusetts are converging to the hour
and place to honor this night of poetic and musical synergy.  Movement by
Shana Bloomstein, Jill Eng, Deb Grant, Carl Rudman, Joe Rogers, Susan
Schell, Rachel Schwarz  and Kristen Stake will accent and invigorate.

The evening is Co-Presented by Port Veritas and Near-Sighted Productions in
Association with the USM Stonecoast MFA Program..

8.00 pm
Doors Open 7.30
538 Congress Street,
Portland, ME
All Ages
$10 Admission
$  8 for Space Gallery Members

For further details and photos,
Gil Helmick


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