Thursday August 4, 7pm – Poetry
A Joint Reading: NOTICE/Nor’easter Exchange Present
Samantha Chanse, Edward Garcia, Quincy Scott Jones and Bushra Rehman
Marking the 3rd edition of each series, the Nor’easter Exchange and the Notice series have joined forces to bring you an eclectic group of writers who together will explore moments of change, transition and the bold moves that accompany them…with a good dose of tri-state pride
Samantha Chanse is a writer/performer, theater artist, educator, and arts organizer based in New York and San Francisco. A member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and currently a playwriting MFA candidate at Columbia University, her work has been presented with the New York International Fringe Festival, HERE Arts Center, Bowery Poetry Club, 3LD, and others. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission, an Artist In Motion residency from Footloose/Shotwell Studio, and an Emerging Artists Residency from Tofte Lake Center. She also co-runs a multidisciplinary, bicoastal salon series called Laundry Party. Her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is forthcoming from Kaya Press. More information: www.samanthachanse.com.
Edward Garcia is a writer and spoken word artist that has performed nationally in venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Yale University. Edward works in Youth development and Education in the Latino Community. He is a Board Member of the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. Edward lives in Philadelphia with his partner Jeannie and their 20 month old daughter Violet.
Quincy Scott Jones earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a Master’s degree from Temple University, and $100 once working as supermarket clown. His work has been featured in African American Review, Journal of Pan African Studies, Water~Stone Review, California Quarterly, Let Loose on the World: Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75 and From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write About Black Youth. With Nina Sharma he co-created the Nor’easter Exchange: a multicultural, multi-city reading series. He is involved with Arcadia University’s Creative Writing Institute and new M.F.A. program. Jones’ first book, The T-Bone Series, was published by Whirlwind Press in 2009.
Bushra Rehman’s mother says Bushra was born in an ambulance flying through the streets of Brooklyn. Her father is not so sure, but it would explain a few things. Bushra was a vagabond poet who traveled for years with nothing more than a greyhound ticket and a book bag full of poems. She is co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Seal Press 2002). She has been featured on BBC Radio 4, KPFA, the Brian Lehrer Show and in the New York Times, India Currents, and NY Newsday. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Crab Orchard Review, Sepia Mutiny, and Color Lines, and in several anthologies including Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry and Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality. Her book Bhangra Blowout is forthcoming from Upset Press.