A Scribe Called Quess? presents his newly released book, Sleeper Cell, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, at the Art Klub (1941 Arts Street). Features include A Scribe Called Quess?, Kelly Harris, Nik Richard, Kristina Kay Robinson, SadeCru, and Té V. Smith. DC Paul will host the event.
Doors open at 7 p.m., the open mic begins at 7:30 p.m., and features will start at 8 p.m. The suggested contribution is $5.
A Scribe Called Quess? is a poet, educator, actor, playwright and activist in that order. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and a DISTILLERY Residency recipient. His work explores issues of race and social justice, anxiety and depression, love and loss—in short, what it means to be a Black Man Child in the Broken Promise Land.
Kelly Harris is a poet published in various journals and anthologies in print and online. Harris earned her dual MFA in poetry and arts therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her CD, Revival, was released in 2015. Kalamu ya Salaam calls her “the sound of wonderful.”
Nik Richard is a poet, illustrator and urban planner from New Orleans with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina ravaged his city in 2005, Nik has made it his mission to make a lasting impact in New Orleans through his civic engagement and urban planning work. His creativity in film has earned him an NAACP Award, AFI Silverdocs Award, and a PBS P.O.V. Award in the 2008 Myspace Film Your Issue contest for his interpretation of disaster tourism in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. He is the author of two books of poetry, Love and Water, and A Dream For Sale, both which narrate his experiences living and growing in a post-storm New Orleans.
Kristina Kay Robinson is a writer and visual artist born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the coeditor of Mixed Company, a collection of short fiction and visual narratives by women of color. Her writing in various genres has appeared in the Guernica, The Baffler, The Nation and Elle.com among other outlets.
SadeCru is a New Orleans based poet, author and spoken word artist. She shares her most intimate experiences of life, love and liberation through heart tugging poems and prose. She often speaks from her positions as a woman, (soon-to-be) wife and socially aware member of society. Her debut book of poetry is, “Tinted Windows: Surviving While black”, bringing attention to the racial conditions of today’s society. She has just released her sophomore title, “Love On Fire,” the depiction of an intense journey through time losing, finding and nagivating love.
Té V. Smith was raised between the United States, Nigeria, and France, holds a Masters of Systematic Theology, is an award-winning poet-lecturer, has written and spoken for VH1, HBO, was the 2014 Writer-In-Residence for Sophies Table, 2011 Democracy Fellow for POWER, and has contributed articles, essays and short stories in domestic and intentional publications. He is the author of the Amazon bestselling book Here We Are, Reflections of A God Gone Mad. Mr. Smith divides his time between the New Orleans, Brooklyn, Paris, and Lagos.