TORCH Wildfire Reading Series featuring Mahogany L. Browne & Ebony Stewart: Jan 31

Torch Literary Arts presents the TORCH Wildfire Reading Series featuring Mahogany L. Browne, author of REDBone, and Ebony Stewart, author of The Queen’s Glory & The Pussy’s Box. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016 
6:00 - Community Open Mic 
6:30 - Mahogany L. Browne and Ebony Stewart 
7:00 - Q & A 

FREE & open to the public. 

Torch Literary Arts supports the work of black women and girls through creative writing. Special thanks to Susan Post and BookWoman for creating a safe space for women and girls in Austin, TX.

Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem and Poets House alumna and the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs including the live album Sheroshima. As co-founder of the Off Broadway poetry production, Jam On It, and co-producer of NYC’s 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites Poetry Festival, Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is anticipating the release of several poetry collections in 2015: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books) & the anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket). She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Brown is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and currently an MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute.

Ebony Stewart is a writer and spoken-word performing artist poet. In 2012, she coached the Neo-Soul slam team finishing 1st place in Group Piece Finals. In 2013, she coached the Austin Poetry Slam team leading them to 5th place at the National Poetry Slam and coached the TheySpeak Poetry Slam team finishing top 8 in the world at Brave New Voices in 2014. She is the only adult female three-time Slam Champion in Austin Texas and has shared stages with Buddy Wakefield, Derrick Brown and the late Amri Baraka. She is a published author, a former Sexual Health Educator, and an aspiring comedian – at least she thinks she’s funny. She has been featured in the “Texas Observer”, “For Harriet”, and “The Agenda: working for LGBT economic equality” magazine. Sometimes known as The People's Poet and The Gully Princess, Ebony Stewart writes because she has to and eats cupcakes for fun.

Event date: 
Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751