BUTCH Voices 2011 Brunch: Spoken Word Performers!
Sunday – August 21, 2011
Oakland Marriott City Center
12:00pm – 1:30pm Spoken Word Brunch
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Born and raised in the Oakland Bay Area. Hys 23+ years in Motorcycles as a Parts Phenom halted due to Health now brings this slow shuffling, peace seeking, Koolaid drinkin’, doobie smokin’, dark humored, slightly creepy but mostly friendly kinda Hippy to embrace Hys inner selves ~ The Philosopher, The Author.
My performance is a body of work that encompasses humor, religion and real life experiences. Spoken word pieces are performed, yet intertwined with up close and dialogue with the audiences. Often engaging the audience in a relaxed Q&A session. My bodies of work range from the effect of misogyny in our global community to the beauty in karma and last but not least, my sexuality. This hugely ties into the theme being that it encourages one to not only appear conscious but to actively act on it.
It is extremely hard to categorize DeAngela into one word, she’s a writer, a host, a motivational speaker and the list continues. She has performed in front of numerous of diverse audiences, from Showtime at the Apollo to being the opening act for rapper Talib Kweli. As well as been the guest speaker at the regional NAACP conference to appearing as a finalist on NBC’s Comedy search. She has performed at conferences and workshops nationwide. DeAngela has currently released her book titled “Pet Peeves”, which is a book that focuses on humor and lessons we overlook in our everyday, fast paced lives.
Not an MC but your categories don’t fit. I’m an “old skool” spoken word performer, who’s given 100s of readings around the world. My last book, Risk (Lambda Lit award finalist), came out in 2010, and is about butch/fem dyke community in Oakland in the late 90s. I’d like to do a 20 minute +/- reading primarily from that, called: Risky Business — bringing the past into our progress (can’t build on sand, right?)
Elana Dykewomon, a social justice and dyke activist since the 70s, has published seven award-winning books, including the classics Riverfinger Women, Beyond the Pale and 2009’s Risk. See: www.dykewomon.org
Jovi Radtke is a Texas born, bleeding heart, christian, republican, queer… confusing? Probably. But the one thing she likes to make very clear: she’s not to be mistaken for “gay” or “lesbian”, as her latest passion has been to eradicate the need for gender specificity, in hopes of achieving an idealistic, but possible, universal mind-frame of just being “EST. Human”.
On her road to self-discovery, Jovi has found that Spoken Word is the only avenue that suits her ‘confusing’ lifestyle, allowing creativity to answer the questions that haven’t been asked yet. If you give her a mic, she’s sure to tell you a story that will probably make you cry, laugh, teary-eyed smile and relate. The tangibility in the vulnerability of her work has driven some of her fans to call her a “poet prophet” and “word messiah”. Saying that she, “possesses the ability to open Pandora’s Box, only to describe the chaos without ever setting it free.” But, if you ask her, she just wants to tear all boxes apart while remaining, humbly, authentic.
Since early 2008, she’s been seen at rallies across California, speaking up for many different causes, including: the proper treatment of homeless citizens, marriage equality, transgender education, human trafficking awareness, teen suicide due to homophobic bullying, the eradication of violence against women, domestic violence awareness, etc. She’s also performed at prisons, churches, public schools (elementary through high), colleges, pride events, open mics, closed mics, dead mics (is this thing on?), crowds of thousands and empty rooms (not just in front of the mirror in her bedroom). Her greatest claims to Spoken Word satisfaction have been opening for her poet hero, Andrea Gibson (AndreaGibson.org), in April of 2010; taking part in a house show with two of her other word heroes, Tristan Silverman and Elaina Ellis, in October of 2010; sharing an ongoing stage relationship with fellow Sacramento poet and close friend, C. Foster; finally, having the freedom to speak her mind to an audience willing and eager to listen.
Still confused? Then, rip the tape off your box, go to JoviRadtke.com and just listen.
Spoken Word/Poetry that explores the call in us all. I think that a movement requires inspiration and what I see our movement needing is the ability to honor our unique authenticity and understand it as a gift, as a power, as a calling rather than assimilating to cultural norms or wide spread understandings of masculinity. My work pushes people to understand they are miraculous, just as they are. This is my gift to my community, a reminder that we are beautiful, strong, and divine.
Lex is a spoken word artist, activist, and educator dedicated to social justice and creative resistance. As a multiracial, queer identified, transgender, artist and activist, Lex’s work emphasizes the intersections of identities, politics, and spiritual liberation offering a genuinely unique perspective, which touches the lives and hearts of the many who listen. By engaging with spoken word and poetry as a spiritual and political practice, Lex infuses the spoken and written word with a passion for social justice and higher consciousness, using creativity as a vessel for spiritual transformation and social change. Lex currently resides in Santa Cruz, CA.
Sassafras & Kestryl Cael Lowrey
Heel click, flint. Leather whip braided, wick. We come together to flicker, unite, ignite. In their new storytelling collaboration Kestryl Cael & Sassafras Lowrey explore the burn of butch/femme desire, the glint of attraction, commitment, sex, power exchange and what it takes to make it last. ‘Flame’ follows these partners in life and art through their unlikely beginnings as crusty punk kids to the partnership that sprang out of those initial smoldering coals.
Kestryl Cael & Sassafras Lowrey are award winning and celebrated butch/femme artists based in Brooklyn, New York. Separately, and together as PoMo Freakshow, they perform and teach at colleges and conferences across the country.
Spoken word performance poetry featuring pieces about sex, gender, and relationships. Pieces include “My Father’s Son,” “Me in a Nutshell,” “Unsolicited Advice to a New Butch,” “The Right One,” and more, designed to be inspiring, open, and connective to a variety of identities and generations, building bridges between personal experience and political activism. (Set of poems can be 10, 20, or 30 minutes long.)