Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: July 20, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, Homie, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020. http://www.danezsmithpoet.com/
Eve Williams was a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee, and was the 2018 Buffalo representative to both the Women of the World and the National Individual Poetry Slam as a member of the 2018 Buffalo National Slam Team. She is ranked in the top 20 slam poets in the world (2018) and is the highest internationally ranked slam poet from Buffalo. Eve publishes videos of her work on a Facebook page titled Unfiltered. Her poems “I’ve been having a hard time with white people lately,” “I know you Rachel Dolezal,” and “Black Girl Gone” have garnered national attention. She has been featured on several blogs including AfroPunk, SonofBaldwin and KinfolkKollective. She has published in The Buffalo News, A Flash of Dark: an Anthology, My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry, Peach Mag and Sun Magazine.
Edreys Wajed is an artist, educator, performer, and entrepreneur based in Buffalo. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Main Street Gallery, SUNY Buffalo State and the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. His solo exhibition, White Lines Matter, was featured at the Western New York Book Arts Center in 2017. In collaboration with the Albright Knox Art Gallery and NFTA Metro, Wajed participated in the completion of the Freedom Wall at the corner of Michigan Ave. and East Ferry St. with fellow artists Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley and John Baker in 2017. When it comes to his approach to his life, his art, and all his pursuits, Wajed’s motto is simple: “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it!” https://www.eatoffart.com/
Indie hip-hop artist, Hop Hop, is the quintessence of musical creative Jaz Frazier. Jaz elaborates, “Hop is the candy coating for my inner kid, my soft side, my bad bitch, my politics. When I’m onstage, it becomes my soapbox. I try to wield what little power I have with careful recklessness.”