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June 2019

Epic Voices: The Caribbean (Un)Epic with M. NourbeSe, introduced by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

June 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace
New York, NY

Poet M. NourbeSe writes: “That ‘micropelago’ of tiny islands that arc in one long ache from Cuba to Guyana to enclose the Caribbean Sea (the Cari Basin) from the encroaching Atlantic Ocean; place and space of massive ‘interruckshuns,’ where tectonic plates of history grind against each other and shards of memory pierce and transfix green islands seeded with the spores of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indigenous: if places could be said to represent poetic forms or genres, the (un)epic would seem to be the Caribbean’s most natural form.” Drawing on poets of Caribbean/Cari Basin heritage, she discusses her book Zong!, as well as her manuscript Island Liturgies, in the context of the (un)epic. Writer, vocalist, and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna* 2013) and three chapbooks, which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna*), and the album Televisíon.  Her work has been published in Rattapallax, Black Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes, Fence, Ploughshares, The Black Scholar, P.M.S, LA Review, Jubilat, Everything But the Burden, and Muck Worksamong others. Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Kitchen, Exit Art, MoMA, Recess Activities Inc, Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, and The Whitney. A native of Harlem, LaTasha and writer Greg Tate are the founders and editors of yoYO/SO4 Magazine. Co-presented with Belladonna and the Canadian Consulate.

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