Voice Rising No. 7: Jaki Shelton Green, Jameela F. Dallis, Shannon Jackson, and Tema Okun read works in progress
Monday 11/25, 7 pm
Join us at Flyleaf for the seventh entry in the Voice Rising reading series. Hosted by local writer and musician Michael Venutolo-Mantovani, Voice Rising features a slate of local and unpublished writers presenting their work alongside a select writer of national acclaim. Each writer will read for ten minutes and then take questions from the audience. Come out to experience the creation of new works in real time, in an intimate and friendly setting, with folks from your community.
Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate, teaches Documentary Poetry at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. Publications include: Dead on Arrival, Masks, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song (Carolina Wren Press), Feeding the Light (Jacar Press), i want to undie you (Jacar Press).
Jameela F. Dallis received her PhD in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and has held Visiting Assistant Professor positions at UNC-Greensboro and Elon University. She has been writing poetry and sharing stories since childhood and is a Tarot reader with over eighteen years of experience. She has read poems with Triangle-area poets and has completed a chapbook, Princess of Swords, and is at work on a larger manuscript about the complexity of love, haunting, and the weight of Black history in the Americas. She is also an occasional yoga teacher who paints, illustrates, makes jewelry, and officiates weddings. Visit her website, jameeladallis.com, for more information.
Shannon Jackson, originally from Danville, VA, has lived in the Chapel Hill areas for more than 20 years. She has been published in various zines, participated in poetry slams, served as a poet with the Fred Motley readers and published in JMU's gardy lou.
Tema Okun has spent over 30 years working with and learning alongside organizations, schools, and community-based institutions focused on racial justice and equity. She is white and Jewish, a writer, artist, and poet deeply committed to racial justice and Palestinian solidarity. She is the author of the award-winning book The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know (2010) and is at work on a second book about the stake white people have in racial justice. She is based in Durham, NC, where she has deep ties to and love for her community.