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STUDIO: Buck Downs, Tina Darragh & Quadir Lateef Timelines: 1b: Past Events (Unseen Archive), 2: STUDIO Archive, Just Buffalo History (2010s)

Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: November 6, 2015
Time: 8:30 p.m.

Buck Downs‘s latest book is TACHYCARDIA: Poems 2010-2012, from Edge. Buck is the poetry editor of Boog City, a poetry tabloid in New York, and a member of the staff at Bridge Street Books in Washington DC.

Tina Darragh is a DC poet who is associated with the original members of the Language group of writers. Two recent works freely available online are Deep eco pré, a collaboration with poet Marcella Durand available from Little Red Leaves, and opposable dumbs (Object 001, zimZalla Avant Objects). Her essay “Blame Global Warming on Thoreau?” is included in eco language reader (Nightboat Books and Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs; distributed by University Press of New England, 2010). A segment from opposable dumbs can be found in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press, 2012). Darragh earns her keep as a librarian at Georgetown University.

Born November 22, 1981 in Houston, Texas, Quadir Ibn Lateef Habeeb was always destined to make a name for himself. Affectionately known as “Q” by close friends and family, Quadir was raised a devout Muslim. He received a full basketball scholarship to Howard University in Washington DC. While at Howard, Q discovered his voice as a writer, creating intense and soul-stirring poems. Q began to perform his original spoken word pieces throughout the Washington DC area. Tavis Smiley (formerly of BET) chose Q to host the poetry section of his very first “Youth to Leaders National Summit” which was aired on C-SPAN in 2003. At age 23, Q left Howard to pursue his career in spoken word and rap music.

STUDIO is curated by Barbara Cole (JBLC Artistic Director) and Kevin Thurston (co-founder of the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair and one of the masterminds at THE PUBLIC).

ANNOUNCEMENT: Rob Halpern will be reading immediately prior to the STUDIO reading at 7:00 p.m. on the 1st floor, Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington.