Spoken Word Resume


[TO BE UPDATED. The resume only includes information up to 2003.]

Spoken Word

mingus ah um | UW • Stout Black Student Union Ball | Wisconsin (February, 2003)

three or four shades of love | The Loft Literary Center Talking Volume with Quincy Troupe After Party | Speakeasy Bar (February 2003)

prophet to the messengers | National Poetry Slam Finals (Minneapolis, August 2002)

O Black & Unknown Bards | SASE & Leigh Morris Chorale (1999)

deep thirst | SASE About Town Reading Series | Crearté (December, 1998)

circle unbroken | SASE About Town Reading Series | Blackbear Crossing (November, 1998)

Earth Celebration: Sunrise Missions | Caponi Art Park (October 1998)

Red Lights & Poetry • gg spot (spoken word venue) | Minneapolis (Various performances, 1998-1999)

Nu Ark Experiment Spoken Word Performance Series | Various venues Minneapolis • St. Paul (May 1998-April 1999)

Saturated in Sun-Ra | J. Otis Powell! (Producer) | Intermedia Arts (October 19, 1997)

blues for nina: a celebration of the life and music of Nina Simone | SASE: The Write Place & Twin Cities Black Film Festival | Parkway Theatre (September 19, 1997)

love song in middle passage: poems of Larry Neal | (with Anika & Nimely Napla) | Groove Garden | Biscuits & Blues (August 5, 1997)

magic of a secret world | Audre Lorde Sighs Late Nite Series | Penumbra

did i sing too loud? (with Doug DeCarlo) | Cacophony Chorus | First Avenue

myself when i am real: reflections of mingus | Patrick’s Cabaret | Bryant Lake Bowl

song for odessa jones | Sirius B (with J. Otis Powell!, Rene Ford & Ahanti Young) | Cacophony Chorus | First Avenue (June 6, 1996)

a certain desire…: a tribute to Bob Kaufman | Walker Art Center | Beat Exhibit Opening (May 28, 1996)

finger off the trigger | Cacophony Chorus | First Avenue (May, 1996)

maiden voyage | Cacophony Chorus | Heart & Soul Benefit | Fine Line Music Cafe (March 18, 1996)


Journeys: Birth Spirit Songs (multi-media, spoken word + movement) | Pangea World Theatre (June 11, 2000)

Cleopatra: Ambitious Child (dance + spoken word) | Vox Medusa Dance Company (December 1, 1999)

Theology: Love & Revolution (dance + spoken word) | J. Otis Powell! (Writer, Producer) | Hennepin Center for the Arts | Studio 6A (March 1, 1998)

Music Production

Words Will Heal the Wound: a Celebration of Community Through Poetry (CD)
Executive Producer & Performer
Speakeasy Records
(Compilation of the Spoken Word radio series, reflecting poetic traditions
of diverse communities in the Twin Cities)
(August 2001)

village blues soundtrack (EP)
Executive Produer & Performer
Speakeasy Records
(Soundtrack of Spoken Word film village blues)
(July 1999)

Arkology – maiden voyage (EP)
Producer & Performer
Speakeasy Records
(Live performances of spoken word and music collective Arkology)
(July 1999)

blues for nina: an exploration of the life & music of Nina Simone (EP)
Producer & Performer
Speakeasy Records
(Soundtrack of live performance by Arkology
for the opening of the Twin Cities Black Film Festival)
(July 1999)

God’s Pager – heavy water blues (EP)
Producer & Performer
Speakeasy Records
(Musical hybrid of jazz, electronic music & spoken word,
improvised live in the studio; a tribute to Beat poet Bob Kaufman,
using his poetic works; recorded with electronic musician
Tim Donahue and Lebanese guitarist Assaad Lakkis)
(July 1999)

Film & Video Production

Langston Hughes’ Ask Your Mama
(spoken word and jazz performance; video)
Videographer & Video Technician
John Wright & Ron McCurdy Productions
February 2002 – present

village blues
(short film; digital video)
Creator, Writer, Producer & Co-Director
(Starring: Mankwe Ndosi, e.g. bailey, Leah Nelson & KayCee;
Cinematography, Editor, Co-Director: Ayesha Adu;
Music: Jeremy Ylvisaker, Walter Kitundu & Mankwe Ndosi)
MN State Arts Board Cultural Collaborations Grant
(Part of Nu Ark Experiments, experimental spoken word performance series)

Workshops & Residencies

In The Tradition: A History of Spoken Word
Spoken Word Class
The People’s University
Minneapolis Public Library
May 2003

From Spoken Word to Slam
Spoken Word Residency
Marcie Open School
March – April 2003

Spoken Word and the Integration of Text with Visual Arts
In The Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visual Arts Exhibit
Spoken Word Residency
Weisman Art Museum & Homewood Studio
(For the MN Spoken Word Association)
March 2003

Spoken Word in a Multi-Media Context
Spoken Word Residency
North High School
(For Diversified Creative Sounds)
March – April 2003

Spoken Word and Theatre for Young Artists
Spoken Word & Theatre
Nelly Stone Johnson School
(For ProjectsaGoGo)
March 2003

Spoken Word, Slam & Performance
Spoken Word Residency
Cityview Middle School
(For the MN Spoken Word Association)
January – March 2003

SASE: The Write Place
Various Spoken Word, Theatre & Multi-Media Workshops and Residencies
1999 – 2001

Steppingstone Theatre
Various Theatre, Playwrighting & Spoken Word Workshops & Residencies
2000 – 2001

Spoken Word & Dance Workshop
(with Baraka de Soliel & Truthmaze)
Ordway’s Rennie Harris Arts Dialogue
March 2000

Spoken Word Art Form and Aesthetics
Spoken Word Residency
Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council’s Artist in Residence
(In conjunction with Wing Young Huie, Paul Baetty, Lorna Simpson exhibits and readings
and Sharon Bridgforth workshop)
(with guest artists J. Otis Powell!, Jason “Kona” Lund and Jim Anton)
March – May 1999


MN Spoken Word Association & KMOJ Radio’s
Urban Griots (Spoken Word radio program)
Co-founder • Executive Producer • Co-Host • Engineer
KMOJ Radio • 89.9FM Minneapolis
March 2003 – present

Tehuti: The Art of Spoken Word Radio Program
Founder • Co-Producer • Co-Host • Engineer (with Shá Cage)
KFAI Fresh Air Radio • 90.3FM Minneapolis/106.7FM St. Paul
February 2002 – present

Minnesota Spoken Word Association (MNSWA)
Spoken Word Organization
Co-Founder • Artistic and Executive Director
July 2000 – present

S.A.S.E./Jerome Spoken Word Verve Grant Program
Co-Founder (with Carolyn Holbrook)
S.A.S.E.: The Write Place & Jerome Foundation

Spoken Word and Music Collective
(with Miré Regulus, Mankwe Ndosi, Jason “Kona” Lund,
Dennis “Genesis” Maddix, and Tom Spaeth)
Co-Founder • Member
September 1997 – December 2000

dream café Xperience
Filmmaking Collaborative
Co-Founder (with Ayesha Adu)

Write On RaDio! Literary Radio Program
Co-Founder • Co-Host • Co-Producer • Engineer
(with J. Otis Powell! and Lisa Bullard)
KFAI Fresh Air Radio • 90.3FM Minneapolis/106.7FM St. Paul
October 1995 – July 1999

Neo Manifesto: Artist Forum
(Paisley Park Enterprises)
1994 – 1995


Singers of Daybreak Spoken Word Conference | MN Spoken Word Association | Minneapolis | August 2001 & 2002 (Co-produced with Shá Cage & Leah Nelson; the first-ever spoken word conference)

• Featuring Carl Hancock Rux, The Last Poets, Marc Smith, i was born with two tongues, Slug (of Atmosphere), Xenogia, Edupoetic Enterbrainment, David Yanofsky, Talaam Acey, J. Otis Powell!, Alex Pate, David Mura, Divinewords, Truthmaze, Sister Mimi, and many others.

Words Will Heal the Wound National Poetry Month Spoken Word Radio Series | KFAI Fresh Air Radio | April 2000-present (Co-produce with Shá Cage for trú rúts endeavors; reflecting poetic traditions of diverse communities in the Twin Cities)

• Featuring J. Otis Powell!, Zell Miller III (of Austin, TX), Truthmaze, Divinewords, Shá Cage, Sarah Fox, Laurie Carlos, David Mura, Louis Alemayehu, Carei Thomas, Tom Scott, Malo Adams, Arkology, Marcie Rendon, Desdamona, The Poet Tree, Slug (of Atmosphere), Jeremy Ylvisaker, and many others.

Richard Gober Art Opening | Walker Art Center | February 1999 (Produced the music entertainment for the evening.)

• Featuring Kitundu, Carei Thomas, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Genesis, Mankwe Ndosi, and others.

Nu Ark Experiment Spoken Word Performance Series | Various venues Minneapolis • St. Paul (May 1998-April 1999)

• Featuring members of Arkology, Walter Kitundu, Douglas Ewart, J. Otis Powell!, Carei Thomas, Siddiq (of the Rhymesayers), and others.

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