11 Feb Literary Cafe at CFI featuring Jorge Guitart and Annette Daniels Taylor
1310 Sweet Home Rd
Amherst, NY 14228
Date: March 7, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Readings by Jorge Guitart and Annette Daniels Taylor.
Jorge Guitart, born in Cuba, holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University and is Professor of Spanish linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo. As a poet he writes both in his native Spanish and in English, endeavoring “to keep them schizophrenically apart.” In his more recent work he has aimed hard at the comic and the satirical. His favorite genre is parody. He is the author of “Foreigner’s Notebook” (Shuffaloff Press, 1993) “Film Blanc”(Meow Press, 1996), and “The Empress of Frozen Custard and Ninety-Nine Other Poems” (BlazeVOX, 2009). He is represented in the Electronic Poetry Center at UB. He has translated Cuban poets, such as Jose Kozer, into English, and U.S. poets into Spanish (e.g., John Ashbery). He has collaborated with artists, in other fields, including the late painter Catherine Parker, the Lake Affect musical group, and the photographer Errol Daniels. He is also a painter and songwriter. He participated in the Cuban-American Artists from Western New York exhibit at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in 2005, and had a solo show at Buffalo’s El Museo in 2006. His tango “Si supieras” was recorded by singer Elise Witt and is included in her 2003 CD Love Being Here.
Annette Daniels Taylor is the author of the poetry chapbooks “Street Pharmacist” and “Hush Now.” Her debut YA novel, “Dreams on Fire,” will be out in August 2018 from Rosen Publications. Her drama, “A Little Bit of Paradise,” is set for publication Spring 2018 with Process Media. A native of Staten Island, New York, with family roots in North and South Carolina, Annette is a stage, screen & voice actor, theater & video director, costume & fashion designer, playwright, poet, recording, visual, teaching artist, and singer. She is an Arthur A. Schomburg fellow with the Department of Media Study, SUNY University at Buffalo, a three time NYSCA awarded artist, a 2016 Pink Door Poetry Fellow, and a lead teaching artist with Young Audiences Underground Railroad Residency of Western New York program. Annette Daniels Taylor’s storytelling practice reminds audiences of forgotten histories. She won the 2008 Artie Award for Outstanding New Play for A Little Bit of Paradise and the 2008 Moms Who Rock award for poetry from the Motherhood Foundation. She was nominated for Best Actress Artie Award in 2009 for her role as Mama Nadi in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined and the Sista’s award in 2016 for community activism.
Annette’s current art practice combines poetry, performance, sound, and video exploring language, history, and identity. She creates emotional docu-narrative film poems and sound installations. In February 2018, in a group exhibition titled “No Soil Better: Art & The Living Legacy of Frederick Douglass,” the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center featured her work, “Frederick Douglass Experiment,” a “sound-walk collaboration” between herself and Frederick Douglass, using words from his speeches and essays and her own voice and verse to create a layered, experimental artists’ walking-tour of various Rochester sites and stories related to Douglass. (An installed iPad allows visitors to explore all of the chapters, while a video display screens chapter eight, “Brethren is Who We Are,” on a loop.)
Free and open to the public.
Ample free parking. Light refreshments