F159. Let Us Live Loudly: A Dark Noise Reading

Room 511, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


What does it mean to exist with marginal identities in a world that is bent on our destruction? How do we celebrate our survival while honoring the legacies of violence that brought us here? Join Dark Noise, a multiracial, interdisciplinary collective of six extraordinary emerging voices in poetry, in an unapologetic celebration of survival. This reading showcases DN’s collaborative approaches to performance and writing, exploring what it means to live loudly in the margins today.



Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy and the forthcoming Until Light Outweighs Us. He is a 2014 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem Fellow, a two-time World Poetry Slam finalist, and member of several multicultural/queer collectives including Dark Noise and Sad Boy Supper Club.

Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone and a recipient of the Frederick Bock Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Journal, PANK, and others. She is a VONA Fellow, a Project VOICE teaching artist, and a member of the Dark Noise Collective.

Aaron Samuels is a Cave Canem Fellow and author of the book Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps. An alumnus of the Providence Youth Poetry Slam, Aaron has coached youth poets in Providence, Boston, and DC. He is the founder of WU-SLam, a collegiate literary organization at Washington University in St. Louis.

Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer, and performer. Her work has appeared in many journals including Poetry. Her chapbook After is from YesYes books.


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