TORCH Wildfire Reading Series-Shae Harris & Cynthia Manick
orch Literary Arts presents the TORCH Wildfire Reading Series featuring Cynthia Manick, author of Blue Halleluiahs, and Shanitria "Shae" Harris, author of Ether.
Friday, January 27, 2017
6:30 - Community Open Mic
7:00 – Shanitria “Shae” Harris and Cynthia Manick
FREE & open to the public.
Join us as Torch Literary Arts celebrates 10 Years of Creative Writing by Black Women & Girls!
Special thanks to Susan Post and BookWoman for creating a safe space for women and girls in Austin, TX where literature and ideas thrive.
Shanitria "Shae" Harris is a born and raised Austinite, and spent her youth competing nationally in spoken word. Since her multiple Youth Slam Champ wins, she has progressed to be one of the most powerful female voices in the Austin poetry community. After competing nationally at NPS, Shae lead the 2013 Austin NeoSoul team to first place in the nation in group piece poems. Wanting to take a more supporting role, she is currently the Director of Operations for Austin NeoSoul Poetry Lounge, and can be found working behind the scenes magic for Austin's longest running open mic. She is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Legal Studies at Texas State University and her first self-published book Ether.
Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a BA from Hollins University and a MFA from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She was a 2014 finalist for the New York Foundation of Arts Fellowship in Poetry; serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing; and is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Select poems have been performed by Emotive Fruition, a performance series in NYC where actors bring to life page poetry for the stage; the 92nd Street Y Words We Live In project, and is currently being developed by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Clockhouse, Human Equity Through Art (HEArt), Fjords Review, Kinfolks Quarterly, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Pedestal Magazine, PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture, St. Ann’s Review, The Wall Street Journal, Tidal Basin Review, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
HOST: Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies, Small Batch, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts.