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xxavier carter

POETS! every 1st & 3rd Monday
Monday, April 2nd – 7-9 pm
Poets Xxavier Edward Carter, Sun English, Jr.
and Tongo Eisen-Martin. 
Open mic follows

 Xxavier Edward Carter is an artist and writer from Dallas, Texas. His written work is heavily influenced by the poetry of Amiri Baraka, the artistic works of Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, and a love for the plays of Shakespeare. In middle school you could catch him reading Aristotle’s Metaphysics one day, Anna Deavere Smith the next, and Bret Easton Ellis the next all with the same intensity. An early exposure to an eclectic array of music imparted a dynamic lyricism into Xxavier’s poetry. With this also came a consciousness of the diversity of realities people experience across the world and an interest in how people express themselves. Xxavier has shown artwork in England, Japan, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and South Korea. Moving forward, Xxavier looks to find collaborators to translate his work into other languages while creating more audio, video, and performance works.
Sun English, Jr. is a QTPOC (they/them), professional performance artist and spirit practitioner residing in Oakland, CA. Sun has been practicing with the expressive arts for over 25 years and performs nationally. Intrigued by the connection of voice and movement towards empowerment; their creative process is influenced heavily by life-experience, Afro-Futurism, Butoh, and liberating rites practiced around the world.

Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He has educated in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California’s San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times . He was also adjunct faculty at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. Subscribing to the Freirian model of education, he designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again , has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.

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