I believe in doing more than talking, so I'm doing one more task before bed and checking out twitter. G'night, good peoples.
I don't even know what to say about that, Ms. @4coloredgirls. I hope you're doing your thing though.
Dear @tnopper: Thanks for sharing my article. I plan to write more. I hope we can talk/build/tweet in the future. Enjoying your tweets.
Please do not tell me that the food options are that bad in Las Vegas, @dradambanks.
GeneralPoetry, Black History, Yoga, Vegetarianism, Reading, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues (in short, this should be all Black music=the bedrock of American music), Movies, doing some occasionally silly stuff (WhirlyBall, video arcades, bowling, sledding). Just bought my first guitar, and I am already fiending to get good enough to buy one like Prince's in "Sign 'O' The Times" with a Whammy Bar on it. Since I'm in NY, I definitely need to go to museums and explore the hidden treasures tucked in the busy, crowded, immense streets that tumble out to boroughs.
MusicNas*The Coltranes (Alice & John)*Prince*Me'Shell N'degeocello*Cassandra Wilson*Nina Simone*Ella Fitzgerald*Billie Holliday*Zap Mama*Sweet Honey in the Rock*Jean Grae* Ben Harper*The Roots*Outkast*Stevie Wonder*Living Colour*Bessie Smith*Public Enemy*KRS-ONE & Boogie Down Productions*Ani DiFranco*Janis Joplin*Teena Marie*Jimi Hendrix*Marvin Gaye*more to come. Which Blues Legend Are You?....
You are Son House. You were an archetypal blues figure in all aspects of your life. You fought your own demons, finding yourself caught between the world of the sacred and the profane, between fighting the Devil as a preacher and dancing with him as a blues player. Film of your performances in later life show at times a soft spoken, mumbling man who would suddenly reach down into himself and strum your National and, with the notes that came out, transform it all into a field of energy and depth.
Tom Waits... charismatic story-teller with a
penchant for freaky people and unusual
settings. You thrive on the concept of the
underdog coming out on top.
Which fucked-up genius composer are you?
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BooksAn Exaltation of Forms edited by Annie Finch & Katherine Varnes*The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde*Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan*Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith*Yusef Komunyakaa*Toni Morrison*Gwendolyn Brooks* Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston* If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin*Pablo Neruda's 100 Love Sonnets*Julia de Burgos*for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbo is enuf*Lucille Clifton*Collected Poems of Robert Hayden*Alabanza by Martin Espada*Sharon Olds*In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens by Alice Walker*The Black Poets edited by Dudley Randall*H.D.'s Trilogy*The Essential Etheridge Knight*The World Is Round by Nikky Finney*Wanda Coleman*Life From Death Row by Mumia Abu Jamal*Assata*Jonathan Livingston Seagull*The Velveteen Rabbit*bell hooks. Also, I love me some Cave Canem poets! Check out my lists on amazon.com called "Cave Canem Poets" and "Cave Canem Poets II" and "Cave Canem Poets III." Some of the other amazon lists are "Interracial Literature" and "Jazz Poetry" and "Not Just at The Poetry Slam." Did I mention that I do like Sylvia Plath too?Which Dead Poet Are You?
You are Sylvia Plath - a fiery bombshell with a keen wit, and a gift for lyric poetry. You will forever alter the literary canon with your mind bending imagery, your sardonic wit, and the mythology you build around yourself. You are a voice to be reckoned with.
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HeroesMy great uncle Dr. Lem D. Callahan. A host of strong, vital women poets-Patricia Smith, Marilyn Nelson, Sonia Sanchez, Lucille Clifton, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anne Waldman, Maxine Kumin and many others. Afaa Michael Weaver. Malcolm X, Vernon Johns, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Cornel West, Manning Marable. Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Ida B. Wells-Barnett. If I had to pick fictional heroes, me and my homegirls keep saying we're going to make a T-shirt with all the girl superheroes of color with Mexican/Puerto Rican Arana Corazon, Darna from the Phillipines, and Storm-the African Princess of The X-Men. (Don't get me wrong about Wonder Woman, She-Ra, Spider Woman, She-Hulk and Firestorm 'cause I'm feeling them too.) Your results:
You are Supergirl
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Supergirl 80% Superman 70% Wonder Woman 70% Spider-Man 60% Green Lantern 60% Robin 45% Iron Man 45% Batman 40% Hulk 40% The Flash 30% Catwoman 10% Lean, muscular and feminine.
Honest and a defender of the innocent.
You scored as Blade, Blade has gained many of the traditional powers of the vampire without developing their weaknesses. He has superhuman strength, senses and stamina, plus an accelerated healing factor.Blade is a master martial artist proficient in practically every form of weaponry known to man. His particular specialty is the use of edged weapons, be they teakwood daggers or swords.
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- Oct 11, 2010 6:00 PM October 2010 update
- Mar 22, 2010 2:43 PM March 2010 update
- Dec 20, 2009 5:19 PM Arc & Hue book trailer
- Sep 7, 2009 7:18 PM Added Dates for the ARC & HUE book tour
- Aug 14, 2009 4:29 PM Tara Betts' ARC & HUE celebrations and appearances
About me:Tara Betts is the author of ARC AND HUE. Tara is a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University. She is a Cave Canem graduate who has received her MFA in Poetry/Creative Writing from New England College and residencies from Ragdale Foundation, Centrum and Caldera and an Illinois Arts Council Artist fellowship. She was commissioned as a librettist by the Peggy Choy Dance Company for "The Greatest: An Afro-Asian Tribute to Muhammad Ali" in 2011. Tara's work has appeared in Essence, the Steppenwolf Theater production "Words on Fire," Obsidian III, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Black Renaissance Noire, PMS, Drum Voices Revue, WSQ, Columbia Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Hanging Loose, Drunken Boat, Mythium, Reverie, Meridians, and TUESDAY: An Art Journal. Her work has been anthologized in Villanelles, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, Gathering Ground, Bum Rush the Page, The Spoken Word Revolution, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, Power Lines, Poetry Slam, Black Writing from Chicago, ROLE CALL, These Hands I Know, Best Black Women's Erotica 2, Hurricane Blues , Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism, Fingernails Across a Chalkboard and Letters to the World . Tara Betts encourages literacy and works with arts programs such as Urban Word NYC. In Chicago, she was an influential educator through Young Chicago Authors and the internationally-acclaimed Gallery 37. Tara co-founded GirlSpeak, a weekly writing/leadership workshop for young women. She has also conducted short-term workshops in schools, community centers, Ms. Foundation, City Girls (a substance abuse rehabilitation center for teen girls), Cook County Jail and Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, Louder Arts Project, Cooper Union, Dodge Foundation’s Poets-In-The-Schools program and London's Roundhouse. Tara Betts appeared on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam" She also appeared in the Black Family Channel series "SPOKEN" with Jessica Care Moore-Poole. She has also been one of the writers/performers in girlstory-an intergenerational, multicultural women's performance collective. Tara has also performed in plays, including two SouthWest V-Day productions of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" at Chicago's DuSable Museum. After winning Guild Complex's Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, she represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam. She has performed her work in Cuba, London, New York, the West Coast and throughout the Midwest at venues such as Arie Crown Theater, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio Museum of Harlem, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Bar 13, Cornelia Street Café, Bowery Poetry Club, Yerba Buena Cultural Center, The Metro, The Hip Hop Theater Festival, Ladyfest Midwest, the Field Museum of Natural History, Harvard University, poetry slams, conferences, several colleges, universities and numerous public, private and alternative schools. She has shared the stage with Patricia Smith, Rosellen Brown, Afaa Michael Weaver, Kwame Dawes, Luis Rodriguez, MC Lyte and Grammy-winner Jill Scott. She also coached and mentored countless young writers and performers that have participated in the Brave New Voices and Louder Than a Bomb teen poetry slams.
Who I'd like to meet:People who like to laugh more than smoking, who like books more than loud clubs sometimes, who don't like to hug you like a fiending cat who wants to feel the shape of your curves under your clothes. I want to connect with other writers, but I also want to meet other artists who want to collaborate with a writer. Also, I want to hang out with some folks who don't want to just hang out at a poetry reading, OK, maybe sometimes, but not all the time. I also like to hang with politically progressive people who aren't too rigid, but aren't raggedy ass hippies who can flip script if they decide they don't need to be down no mo'. People who don't just want to ADD you as a friend, but actually are your friend or at least have met you, talked to you or started to build a rapport with you. People who know what "rapport" means and other words that a well-developed vocabulary can provide. (Dictionaries can help, HINT.) Now as far as the dream list, here we go: June Jordan, Malcolm X, my first relatives to come to America from my mother & my father's sides, Alice Coltrane, Bessie Smith, Zora Neale Hurston, Angela Bassett, Suzan-Lori Parks, George C. Wolffe, Diane di Prima, The Roots, Ani DiFranco, Pedro Almodovar, and many more... I think I've met a lot of folks that I hold in high regard, so I feel blessed and not compelled to name drop.
- Status: Divorced
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Kankakee, IL
- Orientation: Straight
- Height: 5' 8"
- Ethnicity: Black / African descent
- Religion: Other
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
- Children: Someday
- Smoke / Drink: No / No
- Education: Grad / professional school
- Occupation: writer/educator
Binghamton University State University of New York
2012 to Present
- Graduated: N/A
- Degree: Ph D.
- Major: English/Creative Writing
New England College
2005 to 2007
- Henniker,New Hampshire
- Graduated: 2007
- Degree: Master's Degree
- Major: Poetry
- Clubs: taught undergraduate poetry workshops
Loyola University Chicago
1992 to 1997
- Graduated: 1997
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Communication (Journalism)
- Minor: Black World Studies, English, Sociology
- Clubs: Black Cultural Center, LUASA (Loyola University African American Student Association), an editor for The Loyola Phoenix, Cadence contributor, Mertz Hall Government (Secretary and Cultural Liaison), Lake Shore Student Government, supporter of GLABA, COPAA, Caribbean Club, Women's Center, LASO.
Kankakee High School
1987 to 1992
- Graduated: 1992
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: High School Diploma
- Clubs: KHS Student Council, The Keynote student newspaper editor, Youth & Government, KHS-TV, African-American Studies Club, recycling club, SCORE, Speech Team
- New York, NY US
- Teaching Artist
- New Brunswick, NJ US
Binghamton Poetry Project
- Binghamton, NY US
- workshop leader
Published poetry, essays, reviews and short fiction. Freelance writing for The Source, XXL, Black Issues Book Review, HUES, Feminist Review, Small Traffic Press, AWOL, Black Radio Exclusive, Mosaic magazine and others.