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Fresh Winds Spoken Word Performance
@ University of Detroit Mercy, Thursday Oct 21 2010

The University of Detroit Mercy Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Department of English are proud to present a performance by renowned slam poets Eboni Hogan and Natasha “T” Miller, currently on national tour with their FRESH WINDS show. The performance will take place on UDM's McNichols campus in Life Sciences 113 and will be followed by a Q&A session and a chance to meet and speak with the artists. This event is free and open to the public. One night only!

For more information contact Rosemary Weatherston, Director, UDM Women's and Gender Studies Program, weatherr@udmercy.edu / 313.993.1083

More on FRESH WINDS:

Poets Eboni Hogan of Chicago and Natasha “T” Miller of Michigan inhabit totally different worlds. Miller’s poetry often interrogates what it means to be American in the age of a black president with the accuracy of a sharpshooter while Hogan is a quirkier presence, offering candid and often lurid tales of her many misadventures with everything from phone sex to beer. Their stories of love, loss, family, sexuality, race relations and injustice are markedly dissimilar but their devotion to telling their stories with raw honesty-no chaser has been the catalyst for them joining forces in this national tour. On stage, they are a harmony and a discord, as women who have loved differently, and have survived their own unique hardships. Their understandings of their distinct worlds is the basis for a one-of-a-kind opus, composed of blaring taxi horns, the punch of steel workers clocking in, the record player catching the scratch in the vinyl and the rumbling of the subway below.

 

To see footage of Eboni Hogan, visit

www.eboniwithaneye.blogspot.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCE-z8itdRQ

 

To see footage of Natasha “T” Miller, visit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMDRQjsPdBY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S60sNHszEk&feature=related

 

Artist Bios:

Eboni Hogan is the voice of the rebels wearing hand-me-down clothes, any girl with a few extra kinks in her hair or one too many words in her mouth and not enough ways to say them. The work of this 24-year-old Bronx native explores topics of femininity, sexuality, sanity, and history with unabashed honesty, providing an authentic and often unforgiving account of what it means to be a young black female traversing 21st century America. Since studying theater at New York University, Eboni has been dedicated to weaving the magic of theater into each performance she gives. She has performed in over 25 U.S. cities and facilitated workshops at several universities including the University of Florida, West Virginia State University, SUNY Stonybrook and the University of Ghana at Legon. In 2006, she took part in a 5-month artist residency as a part of NYU’s Hip Hop Theater Initiative in West Africa where she worked with the youth of the Liberian Refugee Camp and co-founded the 5th Project Theater Collective.

Eboni is the 2010 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, and a two-time representative of the Nuyorican Slam Team, which placed fourth and fifth in the nation at the National Poetry Slams of 2007 and 2009 and was the 2008 Urbana Grand Slam Champion. She is published in the anthologies His Rib and Double Lives and recently released her first collection of poetry entitled “Grits” through Penmanship Books.

Natasha “T” Miller is the voice of wounds exposed, and the healing balm of poetry applied to the human spirit.  The passionate 25 year-old Detroit, MI native is a writer, performance poet, dedicated activist, and an aspiring motivational speaker.  Since her debut, just over three years ago, Natasha has proven to be a poetical powerhouse.  After one year on the performance circuit, in 2007, she was crowned Detroit Poetry Slam team’s Grand Slam Champion, and has been a member of three National Poetry Slam teams.  She has also been a Women of The World Poetry Slam finalist two years in a row, ranking as the third female slam poet in the world in 2008.  Natasha continued her impressive record by leading and coaching her team to championship at the 2010 Midwest Rustbelt Poetry Slam, ranking #2 in the competition.

Natasha has awed audiences across the country at universities, festivals and numerous venues including the famous Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and Chicago’s Green Mill.  She has premiered on stages with celebrity actors and comedians Brandon T. Jackson and Oscar award winning Mo’nique, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner, legendary poet Jessica Care Moore, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, and many more.  Mo’Nique, impressed, personally invited Natasha to feature on her radio show.  In 2009, she starred in a national commercial campaign for Sprite.  In the same year, she released her solo spoken word album “Poetry for Change,” and featured in the stage play “The Revolution’s In The Ladies Room” produced by Jessica care Moore.

Natasha now produces the popular “It’s Not About You Poetry Slam Series”, she recently self-published her first book of quotes titled “Dreams of a Beginner” and tours with the #1 ranked female poet in the world, Eboni Hogan.  She is currently finishing her second book titled “Rape, Suicide, God, and Poetry.”  Fueled by her own mistakes, faith, and unapologetic truth, Natasha, uses words to enlighten, create equality, imbue life, and most importantly spread love and peace in the tradition of great leaders before her.

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