Antenna Gallery and RM220 are proud to present A Scribe Called Quess? reading from his book of poetry, Sleeper Cell, on Thursday, August 30th 7-9pm at Antenna, 3718 St. Claude Ave. This will also mark the closing of Full Circle, an exhibition that features his work throughout Antenna’s downstairs reading room gallery.
A Scribe Called Quess? is a poet, educator, actor, playwright and activist in that order. He is a 2-time national poetry slam champion and founding member of Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), New Orleans’ three-time national poetry slam championship team. His accomplishments with Team SNO have earned him honors from the Mayor of New Orleans as well as City Council. His poetry has been featured by Nike, Congo TV, Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Spotify, Mic, Ford Foundation, Redbull and other platforms. His poetry led him to the classroom where he is serving in his ninth year as an educator. His work as an educator has been highlighted on NPR in the Voices of Educators series as well as taken him to Oxford University to speak on school reform.
In recent years, his art has more deeply aligned with his principles by way of organizing. As his work as an artist and educator has always explored issues of social justice, his organizing work has offered the perfect opportunity for his arts and pedagogy to take action. In 2015, he co-founded Take Em Down NOLA, a coalition dedicated to the removal of white supremacist monuments in New Orleans. For his contributions to the Take Em Down NOLA work, he was awarded the 2017 Urban League Courage Award.
Check out this short film of Quess? produced earlier this year for Antenna::Signals::Docs ::