Sunday, October 30, 2011
2 Videos: Poets Joaquín Zihuatanejo & Natasha Carrizosa @ The Inspired Word
Poets Joaquín Zihuatanejo & Natasha Carrizosa @ Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, One and One Bar/Restaurant, Nexus Lounge, Manhattan, NYC. Hosted by Theresa Poetresse Robbinson.
Natasha Carrizosa is a mother, a dreamer, and a lover of music and life. She is a poet/spoken word artist who celebrates her dual heritage (African- and Mexican-American) with works that weave an intoxicating blend of cultures, languages and impressions. She has shared the stage with Maya Angelou, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, E. Lynn Harris and countless other poets, authors, and artists. Her writings have been featured in Rhapsody, Her Mark, and x magazine (United Kingdom.) She is the author of mejiafricana, a spoken word CD and nude -- a collection of love and erotic poems. She recently recorded her second spoken word CD -- the dreamcatcher. In 2008 she collaborated with Joaquín Zihuatanejo on of fire and rain - a spoken word CD that is a testimony of life/love that spans from the barrios of East Dallas to the ghettos of the west indies. Selections from of fire and rain were published by Poetry in Motion, and organization that promotes the work of young American poets by publishing their work alongside the work of masters from the past on trains, subways, and buses across The United States. Natasha is the 2010 Austin International Poetry Slam Champion and one of two American poets (Joaquín Zihuatanejo, below, is the other) chosen to represent The United States at El Proyecto Poesia Slam 2010 in Madrid, Spain.
Joaquín Zihuatanejo is a father, husband, poet, and award-winning teacher. In his work he strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture - the conquered and the conqueror, the Pagan and the Christian, the earth and the sky all find refuge in his voice. He has shared a stage with Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, E. Lynn Harris, Saul Williams, and Alicia Keys among others. He appeared on HBO Def Poetry in 2005 and is the author of Barrio Songs and co-author, along with Natasha Carrizosa, of the collection of poems of fire and rain. Joaquin has recorded seven spoken word CDs, Barrio Songs, Stand Up and Be Heard, Live at Longwood, of fire and rain, a spoken word collaboration with Natasha Carrizosa, Child of the Hood Days, HOPE 5 MILES, and Barbaric Yawps: Best of Joaquín Zihuatanejo. He is the winner of the 2008 Individual World Poetry Slam Championship and the 2009 European World Cup of Poetry Slam Championship held in Paris, France making him the number one ranked slam poet in the world on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year. He was recently awarded the Artist in Residence Award by the National Hispanic Cultural Center and will spend most of the summer writing and teaching at the NHCC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The two passions in his life are his wife Aída and poetry - always in that order.
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Videographer: Denise Goins http://www.denisegoins.com/