The Outburst KC Presents: Poet Jen Harris
Premiering at the Outburst Performance Gallery at 1715 Wyandotte on Feb 3 & 4, 8 & 10p.m. each night, Lust & Disdain is the first woman-one-show by Kansas City Poetrys Slams Poet Jen Harris.
An trainwreck of poorly memorized monologues, dark stand up comedy and emotionally unsettling slam poetry, PJH explores the extremes she has gone to in search of and in spite of Love.
Poet Jen Harris is a Kansas City-based Spoken Word Poet, Women's Rights and LGBT activist, published author, founder and host of KC Poetry Slam.
Harris graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, emphases in Communication Studies, English Language and Literature. She is the recipient of the 2015 UMKC Jim Wanser Pride Award for outstanding LGBT community activism in Kansas City. Additionally, she is the recipient of the 2014-2016 Pitch Magazine Top 3 Poets in Kansas City award, and the 2009 ACP Kansas Journalist of the Year. Her first book of poetry, Slammed, released via Spartan Press Feb. 27, 2016 to a sold out audience. She is currently finalizing her second book of poetry, Me Too, which will include a 60-minute, one-woman spoken word show, Woman of Her Words, to be completed at her 2016-2017 writing residency at the Charlotte Street Foundation. She recorded her first spoken word album, Flaunting Her Mediocrity, at Element Recording Studios. The album released to the public August 2016 prior to her September tour: Multiple Personalities, both of which were funded in July 2016 in a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Thanks to the support of poetry enthusiasts nationwide, Jen received more than $7,000 to launch her latest endeavors.
She has opened for internationally-acclaimed spoken work poet Andrea Gibson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and produced shows for contemporary, published poets including Clementine Von Radics, Pages Matam, and Alexander Dang, as the Slammaster of Kansas City's first PSi certified poetry slam, PoUnd SLAM in addition to performing across the country at music festivals, private shows, on college campuses, LGBTQIA community centers, women's rights empowerment groups, protests and rallies, poetry readings, living rooms, parking lots, city sidewalks and anywhere else her voice can make a positive impact.
"Poetry has made me the ethnographer of a generation tangled in tradition and technology. My work is poetic memoir, a confessional assortment of personal and adopted stories of life on and off the grid; substance use, abuse survival, coming out stories, the New Age shift in mindfulness, the cross-country migration of artists in search of paying work both plentiful and fulfilling, the demise of the corporate culture, the defiance of media-induced prepackaged lives and conversely, the beauty created when people unite on a common front for a common purpose. Culturally, we have never existed in a time with so much need and so many wasted resources. I feel a deep moral responsibility to document injustice and victory alike in an effort to put human faces on the social movements of our time." - Poet Jen Harris
The Outburst Performance Gallery (View)
Kansas City, MO 64108
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|