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We are pleased to announce that April’s poetry slam will feature a special guest, J.A. Carter-Winward!
She is an award-winning poet, novelist, artist, playwright, public speaker, and performer. She’s the author of four novels, two short-story collections, and four poetry books (the fourth to be released this summer).
Her writing has been characterized as “fierce, bold, and emotional.” She’s been called “one of the toughest, bravest, grittiest working writers in America today…a word-slinger with enormous strength, wit, and compassion.” Her readership spans the North American coasts, the UK, Australia, and beyond.
A dynamic and engaging performer, she captivates audiences with honesty, wit, and passion, while challenging socio-cultural convention. Despite painful, debilitating neurological conditions from a traumatic brain injury, Carter-Winward continues writing with brutal intensity and courageous honesty.
Themes she explores: interpersonal/relationship dynamics, grief, sexuality, inequality, Mormonism/religion, socio-economics, power, the struggle to embrace (or resist) our true selves, our shared need for connection, along with the vast spectrum of human behaviors and emotions.
From the author: “I write about complex issues reflecting the human experience, while simultaneously embracing the larger world, and what it means to be human. Good writing evokes emotion. I address universal themes with a healthy mixture of humor and gravitas—sometimes with a severity many find harsh. As an artist, it’s my job to pose questions, not provide answers. Examining who we are as individuals is incredibly personal. I’ve not the desire nor ability to decide that. My readers are intelligent enough to come to their own conclusions when reading my work.
“Yes, my work contains mature themes and language, but not for ‘shock value.’ The sacred is found in many places, including the profane. I don’t write erotica. To confuse ‘sexual themes’ with ‘erotica’ is myopic. Sex—like birth and death—is one of the most complex, rich, and at times inelegant acts we experience as individuals. Being authentically human is as exultant as it is inelegant. And so, I write.”
She also has generously donated books as prizes for the winning slam artists!
The schedule for this event is as follows:
Open Mic: 6:00 to 6:30 PM
TaneshaNicole Feature: 6:30 to 7:00 PM
Poetry Slam: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
All Slamming Poets have free admission.
All are welcome to share at our Open Mic portion for music, poetry, or any other performative art they wish to share. However we request that all Slamming Poets please bring three pieces of poetry for the potential three rounds of poetry we will have.
Remember- Voices Poetry Slam will be a free speech zone, therefore there may be cussing in the poetry or graphic images described throughout the night.