Rhythm + Resistance is a spoken word concert curated and inspired by the energy and DIY ethos of d.a. levy, the prolific poet and publisher of Cleveland's underground literary community during the 1960s.
As part of MOCA Cleveland's Mimeo Revolution: Artist Book + Zine Fair this event is programmed in connection with the summer exhibition How to Remain Human (on view through September 5). Rhythm + Resistance features original work from spoken word artists including:
Julie Ezelle Patton
Organized by RA Washington (Owner + Co-Founder, Guide to Kulchur)
AFTER-PARTY: There will be an after-party at the Grog Shop featuring DJ Haley from Pleasure Leftists and DJ Shawn from Oldboy. There is a $5 cover charge.
Born in a military hospital in Hawaii in 1976, John Dorsey spent his early years in Western Pennsylvania, and has worked as a dishwasher, grocery store bagger, gas station attendant, video arcade manager, file clerk, newspaper journalist, playwright, arts programming administrator, artist in residence, and professional screenwriter.
His work has been included in numerous magazines and anthologies alongside folks like Antler, Michael McClure, Ann Menebroker, Robert Bly, Billy Childish, Edward Lucie-Smith, Sam Cornish, Charles Plymell, Heathcote Williams, Jim Burns, D.R. Wagner, Tom Kryss, Lyn Lifshin, S.A. Griffin, Scott Wannberg, Todd Moore, Ellyn Maybe, Iris Berry, Kell Robertson, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, A.D. Winans, Neeli Cherkovski, Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, Mark Strand, Marge Piercy, Richard Kostelanetz, Dan Fante, Gerard Malanga, and Charles Bukowski. He has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and in 2014 was named Best Literary Artist in Toledo, Ohio, by readers of the Toledo City Paper.
Sean Thomas Dougherty
Sean Thomas Dougherty was born in NYC and grew up in Brooklyn NY, Toledo OH, and Manchester NH. He is the author of 13 books including All You Ask for is Longing: Poems 1994-2014 (Boa Editions), Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press), and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010 BOA Editions). His awards include a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans, two PA Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry and an appearance in Best American Poetry 2014. Known for his dynamic readings, he has performed at hundreds of venues, universities and festivals including the Detroit Art Festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, the Old Dominion Literary Festival and across Albania and Macedonia where he appeared on national television, sponsored by the US State Department. He lives in Erie Pennsylvania, works at Gold Crown Billiards, tours, hustles, and writes poems about stuff that happens in his city between the lake and the highway, and elsewhere, in our wrecked and gloriously ruined and beautiful American lives.
Julie Ezelle Patton
Julie Ezelle Patton, NYC-based poet, improvising performer, visual artist is the author of Notes for Some (Nominally) Awake (Portable Press @Yo-Yo Labs), Visualtext in What I Say (University of Alabama Press), Eco Language Reader (Portable Press/Nightboat Books), I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues) and other pressings. “B,” (Tender Buttons Press, NYC), and Writing With Crooked Ink (Belladonna, Brooklyn, NY) are forthcoming.
In 2015, Julie received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award (Poetry), exhibited in Shelved Art, Real Art in Real Books for Real Library Lovers (Pasadena, California), and recently got called out of the audience to join Ravi Coltrane, live on stage at Birdland in NYC.
Zena Smith was born and raised in Cleveland, and writes mostly about the balance of light and dark in her birthplace. She has read at and hosted open mics throughout the region, most recently participating in slam finals for the Brave New Voices Cleveland slam team. She has compiled one book of poetry, entitled Fracture (GTK Press Vanguard Series, 2015). She lives in her friends apartment on the west side of Cleveland and enjoys eating mac n'cheese for breakfast.
RA Washington is the author of 25 books, most recently The Paris Notebooks (NightBallet Press, 2015) and the novel CITI (Red Giant Books, 2015). In 2014, Washington was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and a retrospective containing over 100 of his multi-media projects, music and writing was organized for Fact/co in Montreal, Quebec through Constellation Records. In 2013 Washington Co-founded Guide To Kulchur: Text, Art & News, a bookstore, publishing imprint and show space located in Cleveland's Historic Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood. This year marks the 20th year RA has run the independent electronic music label, Cleveland Tapes.
Native Clevelander and community activist, D.L. Woure' believes that art can be used as a method for social action and change in cultivating the voice of the voiceless. He uses his poetry for protest and as a tool to organize, enlighten, and empower community. Currently pursuing a M.A. in Creative Writing at Cleveland State University, Woure' has published three chapbooks and performs locally. He also facilitates creative writing workshops for youth and communities where he feels the power of poetry can enforce unity, empowerment, and self-determination.
This program is part of MIMEO REVOLUTION. Click here to return to the full weekend lineup.