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Let Me Tell You a Story: A Craft Lecture by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
June 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Let me tell a story. Let me show you what I see, what I dream, where I fall/fail and where it can sometimes hurt. And then let’s talk about how I’ve used languages, where I may have fallen into a couple of hiccups, what makes me write now with caution (which pisses me off) because I am older and younger. Let me tell you a story about a language that relies less on nouns and more verbs and thus, the subject could be read as genderless. Or a language that has no word for skin color. Knowing a little more than what I did when I now do it, the tiny voice says “stop.” It feels so good to make mistakes. I don’t wanna be right. It feels good to give it (what is it anyway?) to the termites.* May I suggest that to bury it far away and let it rot to unearth later or never is ok? Why stop? Who told you to stop? Are you doing enough or too much? Let me show you. Let me not show you.
REGISTER HERE. This event is supported by American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and automated closed captioning.
A writer, vocalist and performance/sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Diggs has presented and performed at California Institute of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, The Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center and at festivals including: Explore the North Festival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Hekayeh Festival, Abu Dhabi; International Poetry Festival of Copenhagen; Ocean Space, Venice; International Poetry Festival of Romania; Question of Will, Slovakia; Poesiefestival, Berlin; and the 2015 Venice Biennale. As an independent curator, artistic director, and producer, Diggs has presented events for BAMCafé, Black Rock Coalition, El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. Diggs has received a 2020 C.D. Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, a Whiting Award (2016), and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (2015), as well as grants and fellowships from the Howard Foundation, Cave Canem, Creative Capital, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, among others. She lives in Harlem.