Posts Tagged: tara Betts

Notable Chicago: 8/11–8/17

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Friday 8/11: Visit Women & Children First for a poetry reading with Emily Jungmin Yoon, C.M. Burroughs, and Holly Amos. 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/15: Camille Bordas discusses her novel, How to Behave in a Crowd at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Tara Betts

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Tara Betts discusses her newest collection, Break the Habit, the burden placed on black women artists to be both artist and activist, and why writing is rooted in identity. ...more

Notable Chicago: 11/18–11/24

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Friday 11/18: Fifth Wednesday Journal presents a reading by Tony Triglio, Christina Pugh, Richard Jones, and Sheila Donohue at The Book Cellar. 7 p.m., free.

Tara Betts will read from her new poetry collection Break the Habit at Women & Children First

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The Last Poem I Loved: “Lessons from a Mirror” by Thylias Moss

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At Redbones. Hosiery Seams on a Bowlegged Woman. Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler. Pyramid of Bone. Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Ghetto Sky. Small Congregations. Tokyo Butter. The titles alone are provocative enough to evoke curiosity about her poems. Each of these volumes sits on my poetry bookcase side by side because they are all by the same poet—Thylias Moss.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Tara Betts found herself attacked by a particularly ignorant political blogger named Debbie Schlussel over her class at UrbanWordNYC. Betts’s response is elegant, measured, and powerful, everything the attack was not. Update: I have been told that Schlussel’s attack was directed at the idea of hip-hop pedagogy and the associated program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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