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The Tooni brothers were raised in the Qualla Boundary, the Cherokee territory of western North Carolina; they cite the church as the strongest cultural influence in their household growing up. After taking an interest in Cherokee culture as they became older, together Matthew and John have immersed themselves in Cherokee tradition, exploring their history and culture and passing their knowledge onto others through song, dance, and engaging, sometimes hilarious storytelling.

Both Matthew and John are former cast members of Unto These Hills , the long-running outdoor drama depicting three centuries of Cherokee history, performing key lines in the Cherokee language and contributing flute to the production. Matthew recently produced an album of flute and storytelling entitled Through Their Eyes , featuring the voices of local storytellers, including John as well as their parents, Carolyn and Larch Tooni. After working for years as a poet, visual artist, and barber, Tarish Pipkins had a life-changing conversation with Fred Rogers of Mr.

Tarish uses his puppets to connect with young students with special needs, teaching social and academic skills through creative communication.

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Building the puppets himself takes talent and creativity, but Tarish says the true work is in bringing them to life. For millennia, people have expressed identity through body decoration and adornment. Tattooing and piercing in the 21st century belongs to this tradition.

Big Mike learned by watching his childhood friend, who ran the first black-owned tattoo shop in Durham. Eventually, Big Mike established Ink Well locations in Durham and Fayetteville as places for people to come together for friendship and support, offering tattoos, piercings, auto detailing and car washes. When Big Mike sees promise in his up-and-coming employees, he invests in them even at the risk of creating competition. I have people who call me to this day and say I just want to thank you.

The confidence and understatement of his pots reflect lifelong immersion in the craft. One of his earliest memories is of playing in the studio of master potters Dot and Walter Auman. Chad never let his ties to Seagrove ebb. Upon leaving home for college, he brought a carload of work from local potters—pots they hired him to paint in his spare time.

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Chad struck out on his own in , setting up shop near the kiln site of his great-great-grandfather, William Henry Criscoe. Chad channels that legacy into his work. Chad also earns accolades for his innovations on tradition, which include perfectly formed large-scale pots. There, he rediscovered the craft in an introductory course; his life quickly changed course. Levi left his engineering program and moved home to work for his father at From the Ground Up Pottery. In the ensuing years, Levi did production work and became a regular on local kiln firing crews, honing his skills in hand-thrown and wood-fired ceramics.

He plans to transform the pottery back into a family collaboration. Women in the Waccamaw-Siouan Indian Tribe in southeastern North Carolina have a strong quilting tradition known for its skillful handwork; Dingle was more interested in doing beadwork but could find no Waccamaw-Siouan artists carrying on the tradition.

Learning the basics through books, Dingle acquired a loom and taught herself. As she improved, her reputation as a bead worker grew within local and regional American Indian communities. Desiring to expand her beading repertoire beyond regalia symbolism and decoration, Dingle began designing unique jewelry pieces, fusing beadwork, stone, and other contemporary materials. Dingle is proud to represent the Waccamaw-Siouan, and hopes her beadwork will help the tribe reclaim an important tradition in its cultural arts heritage.

When Josephus Thompson III began writing poems in school, his teachers had to tell him what he was doing was poetry. How could Josephus's journal scribblings about his life be considered poetic? But they were. Learning this changed his life. Whether performed solo or with dancers and a backing band, his work explores the theme of raising self-consciousness—that his life and the life of everyone in the audience is worthy to be heard. This conviction motivates his work coaching the Gate City Youth Slam Team, teaching through the Poetry Project, and developing the voices of young Greensboro poets.

Seldom could we see ourselves in it. Resident artist for St. After spitting at a Poetry Project open-mic, students will be asked why they wrote that poem? I love myself, so I don't have to rely on other people to do it for me. I am Nubian. I am Zulu. I am less than no one, no one who's breathing the same air as me.

My melanin-aided lungs pump breath into the word that became flesh. Colonizers, disguised as the world's first travelers, decided to study the scrolls scribed into the lineage of my people. My black flashes eternal like a comet, constellations connecting the dots to the sun lighting my black bloodstream. So, I urge you geneticists to get their math right.

My black has been here for five-fifths of existence. I am not your minority. I am nobody's minority.

And these words illustrate the beauty of liberation. Free feels like walking on new world water and dodging all danger, whether the danger be red, white and blue strangers sleeper-holding our teens, or corporate control over our food, our water and our identify. Remember, I am not a minority.

You are not a minority. We are nobody's minorities.

So, remember, when anybody comes at you and calls you minor, don't hesitate to let them know we are nobody's minority. Peace and blessings. Eloise Greenfield, you end your book, "Thinker," with a rap. It's got a different rhyme scheme than the rest of the book. Why did you decide to switch up your style, right at the end? That give me lots of freedom. And rap is also criticized in that same way.

So, I wanted to use rap, because it's good poetry. That's one reason. That's the first reason, it has to go in the book because it's good. And then it's -- I mean, that style of poetry is wonderful. It's rhythmic. It has meaning. It has everything that a poem should have. And so I thought it would be a climax for the book.

And especially for the puppy who loves rhythm, and all those things that go with literature. And so that's why I decided to do that. He's great. I thought that maybe I'll send them a manuscript. So, I had this manuscript that had been rejected, and I sent it to them, and they loved it. And they engaged Ehsan Abdollahi to illustrate it. So, that's how that came about. I used to think I wanted to. I die. Like this: Like Loading The train tracks used to speak to me. As susurration — a withdrawing tide at my ankles, a lariat around my leaden heart. A disguised lullaby, like an offer from bathtub water of murmured matrimony.

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One of the first productions to use survivor interviews as the exclusive content to tell the story of the Holocaust, Witness to the Holocaust has received numerous national awards. His most recent collection of poems, Glaciology , was chosen in as winner in the Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition, and will be published by Southern Illinois University press in Fall, His work has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio. He teaches creative writing and English at The University of Louisville. All information about agents, workshops, and registration available HERE.

Pyro Gallery will exhibit the collaborative works of 16 of their member artists paired with 16 local poets in Double Vision, opening at the gallery, E. In addition to the exhibition, there will be an exhibit catalogue. The finished works range from an installation where visitors are invited to add their own words to form new poems in a hybrid between a Shinto shrine and Native American prayer sticks, to photography, printmaking, and a large scale fabric enclosure of image and text.

Each pair discovered and lived their own definition of collaboration. PYRO is an artist owned and operated gallery with 19 current members. Working in many different styles and media, a diverse group of professional artist members guarantees a lively assortment of work to visitors and collectors. Keep Louisville Literary will be hosting several of the collaborative pairs on the radio hour to chat about their process. Next, the audience was invited to participate in the recording!