“Generations Elevated” A tribute to Elders and stories of the New Generation. Tou SaiK will be reading new pieces from his future project writing memoirs of experiences performing with Grandma Youa Chang (Zuag Tsab) tentatively called “Grandma can Freestyle” or “Adventures with Rebel Grandma.” Lee will also be storytelling of experiences teaching young people creative writing and songwriting in schools.
This will be a reading and showcase of writers, poets and performers from the Twin Cities featuring:
Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria is a writer and spoken-word poet of Peruvian heritage heavily involved with Palabristas, a Minnesota-based Latin poets collective. He is a graduate of the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and an involved activist in the Latin community. He writes about fatherhood; the duality of two cultures in English, Spanglish, and Spanish; and issues pertaining to his community and life experiences.
IBé lives in the Middle of the Atlantic, between Guinea, Sierra Leone and America. As a poet and a writer; a griot if you would, though he could never be that where he was born. IBé is the recipient of numerous recognitions, such as Verve Grant and Midwestern Voices Award, but considers fatherhood his most valuable work. He’s recently planted a garden at his Minneapolis home where the flowers are the first audience to his new poems. During the day, Ibé works as an IT Project Manager and spends his in-between time looking for the perfect fries.
Kayla Steward is a spoken word artist known through out the Twin Cities. She has been on a team to represent MN in The Brave New Voice Competition. She Competed in The K.N.E.W teen slam series and won a spot to participate in The 2013 Brave New Voices slam series. She has performed at Local stages and theaters such as the Capri. And written a short play for the Nichiren Buddhism practices.
Chynna Heu is a Hmong Canadian dancer, writer and high school student in Saint Paul. Chynna has been writing poetry for three years and has been documenting her life encounters in journals since she was six. Chynna is working to create spaces for her community members to learn and express themselves through movement. She is currently teaching a Hip Hop dance class at the Jimmy Lee recreational center and has created an urban dance open studio after school program at her school.
The Works in Progress Reading Series is organized and hosted by BLCA Writer-in-Residence is Diego Vázquez Jr.