The Dogfish Reading Series hosts A Scribe Called Quess at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, at 2448 North Villere Street. Quess will read from and sign copies of his work.
A Scribe Called Quess? is a poet, educator, actor, playwright, and activist in that order. He is a 2-time national slam poetry championship title winner and founding member of Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), New Orleans’ three-time national championship title winning slam poetry team. His accomplishments with Team SNO have earned him honors from the Mayor of New Orleans as well as from City Council. He is a two-time Slam New Orleans Semi-Finals Slam winner and New Orleans Museum of Art Slam Champion.
As an activist, he co-founded BYP100 NOLA, a young adult organization that advocates for the protection of black youth from state sanctioned violence. He also recently co-founded Take Em Down NOLA, a coalition of organizers and activists committed to the removal of white supremacist monuments, school names and street names in New Orleans. As his work as an artist and educator has always explored issues of social justice and systemic racism, his work as an activist has offered the perfect opportunity for his arts and pedagogy to meet action.