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Lost for Words: How to Write an Effective Artistic Statement
At some point in their career, every artist will find themselves staring at a blank document, searching for the right words to create a great artistic statement. What should you write? What part of your artistic journey encapsulates your work best? In this panel discussion, t’ai freedom ford (& more black, how to get over), Angel Nafis (Black Girl Mansion), and Phaedra Scott (Plantation Black, Diaspora!) will share their expertise and experiences writing artistic statements in poetry and playwriting, enabling you to find the keys that unlock your perfect statement. Timothy DuWhite, Program Director at NYWC, will moderate.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is exclusive to Black writers and artists. We ask that individuals who are not Black abstain from signing up.

Jun 3, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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t’ai freedom ford
t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Apogee, Bomb Magazine, Calyx, Drunken Boat, Electric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Poetry and others. Her poetry has been anthologized in A Body of Athletics edited by Natalie Diaz, The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and Nepantla: An Anthology of Queer Poets of Color. t’ai has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Camargo Foundation, The Center for Fiction, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Kimbilio, and The Poetry Project. In 2019, t’ai became a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship inaugural fellow. She is the author of two poetry collections, how to get over from Red Hen Press and & more black from Augury Books, a 2020 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award Finalist and winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.
Angel Nafis
Angel Nafis is the author of BlackGirl Mansion. She earned her BA at Hunter College and MFA in poetry at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in The BreakBeat Poets Anthology, The Rumpus, Poetry Magazine, Buzzfeed Reader and elsewhere. Nafis is a Cave Canem fellow, the recipient of a Millay Colony residency, an Urban Word NYC mentor, and the founder/curator of the Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon. In 2011 she represented NYC at the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. She is half of the ODES FOR YOU TOUR with poet, musician and visual artist Shira Erlichman and with poet Morgan Parker, she runs The Other Black Girl Collective, an internationally touring Black Feminist poetry duo. In 2016, Nafis was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and in 2017 she was awarded a Creative Writing fellowship from the NEA. Facilitating writing workshops and reading poems globally, she lives in Brooklyn.
Phaedra Scott
Phaedra Michelle Scott is a dramaturg and producer based in New York City. She has been an arts and culture journalist for WBUR, Boston’s NPR station; a content developer at the USS Constitution Museum where she made maritime history accessible through storytelling and media. Phaedra serves as VP of Programs for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). She is a resident dramaturg for New Harmony Project. Her credits include work at MCC Theater, New Victory, Playwrights Realm, Huntington Theater Company, Cleveland Playhouse. Visit www.phaedrascott.com to learn more.