Breaking Ground Poets Presents Adam Falkner, Lauren Whitehead, Aziza Barnes, and Caroline Rothstein
Join The Breaking Ground Poets as they launch their second Dialogue Arts Festival: Life as Primary Text. The festival is facilitated by the internationally acclaimed spoken word poets: Adam Falkner, Lauren Whitehead, Aziza Barnes, and Caroline Rothstein. Friday night's performances will take place at the Tunkhannock Public Library.
The performances will use creative writing and critical dialogue to bring communities together around conversations of identity that are often characterized by silence.
Saturday's writing workshops are open to teens 13-19 and will take place at the Tunkhannock Area High School.
Adam Falkner is an artist, educator and consultant. His work has appeared in a range of literary and academic journals, and has also been featured on HBO, NBC, NPR, BET, Upworthy, in the New York Times, and elsewhere. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the pioneering diversity consulting initiative, the Dialogue Arts Project, and Chief Operating Officer of Urban Word NYC, a nationally acclaimed youth literary arts organization. A former high school English teacher in New York Citys public schools, Adam has toured the United States as a guest artist, speaker and consultant, and was the featured performer at President Obamas Grassroots Ball at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. He teaches at Vassar College and Columbia Universitys Teachers College, where he is an Arthur Zankel Fellow and PhD candidate in the English and Education program. www.adamfalknerarts.com
Lauren Whitehead is a playwright, poet, performer educator and a Master of Fine Arts recipient from Columbia University and a Schubert Presidential Fellow. She has presented at various venues around the country including The Sundance Film Festival, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and The Nuyorican Poets Café among many others. Lauren has been featured on HBOs documentary, Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and has appeared on NPRs Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan. Her poems have been published in selected anthologies including 3 Hole Punch (Red Beard Press, 2009) and UnSquared (826Michigan, 2006). Her most recent work, stunning, still, a full-length play, has been presented at the Vineyard Arts Project and Naked Angels 1st Mondays Play Reading Series.
Aziza Barnes is blk & alive. Her first chapbook, me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun (Button Poetry, 2015), was the first winner of the Exploding Pinecone Prize and published from Button Poetry. You can find her work in PANK, pluck!, Muzzle, Callaloo, Union Station, and other journals. She is a poetry & non-fiction editor at Kinfolks Quarterly, a Callaloo fellow and graduate from NYUs Tisch School of the Arts. She is a member of The Dance Cartel & the divine fabrics collective. She loves a good suit & anything to do with Motown. Born in Los Angeles, Aziza is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi.
Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, poet and performer. Carolines motto is "From Adversity Comes Triumph, empowering individuals to embrace self-confidence and authenticity. Caroline was a member of the 2010 Nuyorican Poets Cafe slam team, which placed second at the 2010 National Poetry Slam, and is a youth Mentor at Urban Word NYC. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, Narratively, The Forward, Williams Magazine, and elsewhere. As a multi-media journalist, she is a producer on the forthcoming documentary The Kids, and was an Associate Producer on Andrea B. Scotts Florence, Arizona." She hosts the YouTube series Body Empowerment, and sits as President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for Mental Fitness, Inc. Her award-winning one-woman play faith about her experience with and recovery from an eating disorder debuted as part of the Culture Projects Women Center Stage 2012 Festival.
Tunkhannock Public Library (View)
220 W Tioga Street
Tunkhannock , PA 18657
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|