Poet Pamela Sneed curates the 25th Radical Poetry Reading, featuring Kyle Dacuyan, Devyn Mañibo, Emilio Rojas, and Omotara James.
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A New York-based poet, writer, performer and visual artist, author of Funeral Diva, as well as Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, KONG and Other Works, Sweet Dreams and two chaplets, Gift by Belladonna and Black Panther. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Artforum, Hyperallergic and on the cover of New York Magazine. She is online faculty in SAIC’s low res MFA and has also been a Visiting Artist at SAIC in the program for 4 years. She has performed at the Whitney, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project , MCA, The High Line , New Museum and Toronto Biennale. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, “The 100 Best African American Poems.” In 2018, she was nominated for two PushCart Prizes in poetry.
Maker, feeder, and arts worker Devyn Lorelei Mañibo has had poetry, book art, and multimedia installation work presented and published internationally in festivals, museums, and journals including the the National Queer Arts Festival, the Berlin Porn Film Festival, the Queens Museum, and The Brooklyn Rail, among many others. She was a 2018 [Multitude] Artist-in-Residence at The Overlook Place, a participant in the Home School’s Summer 2019 workshop in Hudson, NY, and a 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop Scholar working with Aimee Nezhukumatathil. She is the co-curator of Maracuyá Peach with danilo machado and the co-editor of already felt: poems of revolt & bounty. She lives in Brooklyn.
Multidisciplinary artist Emilio Rojas works primarily with the body in performance, using video, photography, installation, public interventions and sculpture. As a queer latinx immigrant with indigenous heritage, he engages in the postcolonial ethical imperative to uncover, investigate, and make known undervalued or disparaged sites of knowledge, narratives, and individuals. He utilizes his body as an instrument to unearth removed traumas, embodied forms of decolonization, migration and poetics of space. His research based practice is influenced by queer and feminist archives, border politics, botanical colonialism, and defaced monuments. He is also a translator, community activist, yoga teacher, and anti-oppression facilitator with queer, migrant, and refugee youth.
Poet, essayist, and editor Omotara James is the author of the poetry collection Song of My Softening, forthcoming from Alice James Books, April 2022. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary and the Cave Canem Foundation. A recipient of the 92Y/Discovery Poetry Prize, James is a visual artist and teacher of poetry in New York City. She believes that radical thought without radical action is dead.