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head / heart / soul: Black LGBT Poets Reading

Permanent Link | Posted by Front Desk on July 10, 2012 3:12 PM



Poets Rashid Darden, Monica A. Hand, BuddahDesmond, and Red Summer come to the DC Center on Saturday, August 4th to perform in head / heart / soul, a reading that celebrates the work of Black LGBT poets. The reading begins at 6:30PM and is part of the 2012 OutWrite LGBT Book Fair.

Rashid Darden is a novelist. His first novel, Lazarus, was published in 2005 to critical acclaim. The story of Adrian Collins, a gay college sophomore who pledges a predominately black fraternity, resonated deeply with the black fraternal community, earning Rashid fans that span the generations. The story was continued in 2011 with the publication of Covenant. In 2012, the trilogy was completed in Epiphany. In 2006, Rashid was one of just two awardees in Literature at the Clik Magazine Honors. Aside from writing novels, Rashid is a gifted nonprofit professional and a "retired" educator. These experiences (along with his writings) have made him a sought-after guest speaker and workshop facilitator.

Monica A Hand is an award winning poet and book artist. Author of "me and Nina," (Alice James Books, 2012), her poems have also appeared in numerous publications including Aunt Chloe, Black Renaissance Noire, Naugatuck River Review, The Sow's Ear, Drunken Boat, Beyond the Frontier, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade and American Creative Writers on Class. She has a MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.

BuddahDesmond is a writer, singer, artist, actor, cook, and user experience strategist/designer. He is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and of the University of Maryland University College. He and his partner reside in Alexandria, Virginia. Prevail: Poems on Life, Love, and Politics is his first volume of poetry. Prevail presents a sampling of poetry he's written over the course of the last ten or twelve years. Varying in subject matter, voice, and tone, this work touches on the many facets of life, love, and politics during this time period. His poems, proselike at times, offer insights into his world and the experiences of those around him. Prevail seeks to offer an underlying message of persistence, strength, and hope.

Red Summer is an activist, poet and multifaceted performance artist who coined the empowering affirmation, "I am not a loose woman...I am a woman on the loose". She is a native of Chicago whose entrepreneurial drive moved her to the Atlanta area. She is the founder of Two Fingers Press Publishing Company and the executive director of Verbal Remedies. She uses the stage to give voice to those who have been silenced and shines light on the issues of injustices beyond our darkest imagination.

The OutWrite Book Fair will include several book and poetry readings, and literature discussions. Several book publishers will display and sell recently published LGBT books, and the DC Center will have over 1,000 used LGBT themed books for sale at the event. Find out more at


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