Taking inspiration from works in the exhibition, an intergenerational group of New York City and Harlem poets share poetry from different eras of Harlem’s cultural history as well as new verse. In selecting readings and creating responses, history is a circular dialog revolving around past and present. Each of the poets will revisit moments in Harlem’s collective history alongside their experience of viewing works in the Uptown Triennial 2020 exhibition. The result will be an evening of re-generation where the poets, separated by decades, perform poetry responses informed by their lived experiences and the timeline of Harlem past and present.
Please note: This is a virtual event.
Daniel Carlton is an actor, storyteller, playwright, poet, and director. His work has been presented in NY, nationally and internationally in theaters , schools , museums , hospitals , homeless shelters , jails , and in many non-traditional performance spaces too. Writing credits include: the plays March On, based on interviews with attendees of the 1963 March On Washington; Timeless Journeys a history of Weeksville, When Smalls Had It All ( a verse play of the iconic Harlem nightclub), Pigfoot Mary Says Goodbye To The Harlem Renaissance, The Dream Inn( Langston Hughes) and many others (including several plays for young audiences). His book of poetry The Moon Over Harlem and other Afro Bits is available on Amazon.
Shadenia Davis is an Actress, playwright, Director, and self-published spoken word artist. Born in The Bronx, New York-- a protégé of Rev Rhonda McKlain-Nur and George Faison–she has performed at prestigious venues including the National Black Theatre Festival, Rooted Theater Co, The United Nations and The Apollo. Her poetry has been featured in NYFW, the 2019 Nike and LeBron Jame16 x HFR NTWRK Channel and Harlem Stage. Her collection of poetry, song, and monologues are included in her book Child of The Ghetto available at Shadeniasivad.com.
Shadenia's profound performances, word craft, intense delivery, and depth of feeling and perception will leave you shaken, stirred, and wanting more.
Brad Walrond is a poet, author, mixed-media performance artist, and activist. A graduate of The City College of New York, he earned his M.A in Political Science from Columbia University. Brad’s poetics, performance, and multi-disciplinary work spans the nexus between virtual reality, identity formation, and human consciousness at the intersection of race, gender, sex, and desire. Walrond's work explores how we experience historical remembered and imagined time to identify and piece together the common and conflicting threads of our human inheritance by amplifying and interrogating the great power and contradictions inherent to identity. His poetics and praxis has taken him across the country and as far as São Paulo, Brazil and Taipei, Taiwan. Walrond’s forthcoming debut collection Every Where Alien is published by Moore Black Press.