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Liberaian-born multidisciplinary artist, e.g. bailey, is an actor writer poet playwright and producer. Since arriving in the Twin Cities in 1993, he has actively pursued acting and performing. He is a founding member of Sirius B, a black male performance collective––with whom he performed and created and co-wrote monday morning body count, a performance work dealing with the high rate of homicide among black men––and is an original member of Spine: a writer’s collective developed by the Loft and the Walker Art Center. Spine produced spoken word performances at several local venues and created a performance at the Walker Art Center. He is also a founding member of Arkology, a spoken word and music collective, which was chosen in the City Pages’ “Picked to Click” Best New Band Poll in 1998 and 1999. In addition, e. g. co-wrote and co-produced blues for nina: a poetic interpretation of the life and music of nina simone, for SASE: The Write Place and the Twin Cities Black Film Festival. He also co-produced Write On RaDio!, a weekly literary radio program on KFAI Fresh Air Radio, which received a NFCB (Nation Federation of Community Broadcasters) award. He is also co-founder of the film collaborative, dream cafe Xperience, with filmmaker Ayesha Adu, which produced the spoken word film village blues, which has won experimental film awards at the Worldstaff Houston International Film Festival (1999) and the Sarah Lawrence Film Festival (2001). In 1997, he co-produced the opening of Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight: Lives Connected for the Mpls. Institute of Arts and performed as a dancer in poet J. Otis Powell!’s performance work THEOLOGY: Love and Revolution. Recently, he was commissioned by Pangea World Theater to adapt Chinua Achebe’s novel No Longer at Ease to the stage, which will be produced in May 2001 at the Playwright Center. He also created, with actress Shá Cage, an experimental movement/spoken word/video performance, Birth Spirit Songs, with Shá Cage, exploring their journeys to Afrika; and was recently in Pangea’s production of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. He also co-founded, and is Artistic and Executive Director of the MN Spoken Word Association, Minnesota’s first resource organization dedicated to poets and spoken word artists, and has co-produced, for two years, a spoken word conference, Singers of Daybreak, to engage dialogue about the art of spoken word with local and nationally recognized spoken word artists. He co-produces the Words Will Heal the Wound spoken word radio series for KFAI Fresh Air Radio in celebration of National Poetry Month and in honor of the diverse poetic traditions in the Twin Cities, now in its third year. His spoken word record label, Speakeasy Records, released the first volume of the Words Will Heal the Wound series and recently released it’s second CD Nazirah’s Playhouse, the debut CD of spoken word artist Nazirah P. Mickey.

e. g. was the winner of the Hughes Knight Diop Poetry Award at the Annual Black Writer’s Conference in 1995, and was chosen for Intermedia Art’s Exchanges artist mentoring program the same year. He has been chosen for the Powderhorn Writers’ Festival’s Broadside Project and several of his poems were published in the publication Solid Ground. His poems have also been published in Warpland, a publication by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for creative writing. In 1998 he received a MN State Arts Board Cultural Collaborations grant to produce a year–long series of experimental spoken-word performances. He was a 1999 recipient of the St. Paul Companies’ LIN Grant, which will enable him to travel home to Africa after twenty year; and is a co-recipient, with filmmaker Ayesha Adu, of the Jerome Foundation’s Media Arts grant to produce Cord, a feature length narrative film. In addition, his poem, we were not always missing, was included in the millennial issue of Drumvoices Revue, an African-American literary journal. For more information you can email info@truruts.com.

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