Apr 22nd 2017

Join Rootwork Gallery for an intimate evening of spoken word and music as it continue a performance series to accompany its “Intercessions: Art as Intervention and Prayer”. In this installment, two of Chicago’s most compelling performers examine migrations, displacement, and what it means to belong.

This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view before and after the performances.

In addition to his newest work, ‘Where Brooklyn At?”, Roger Bonair-Agard a native of Trinidad & Tobago and Brooklyn, is the author of three previous collections of poems, Tarnish & Masquerade and GULLY (both from Cypher Books) and Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), which won the Society of Midland Authors award for poetry and was long listed for the National Book Award. He fronts the band Miyamoto is Black Enough, and is co-founder of NYC’s LouderARTS Project and Chicago’s The Baldwin Protocols Series. The Director of Creative Writing with Free Write Arts & Literacy, he lives in Chicago.

Intrigued by the magic and mystery of music, singer songwriter Rashida Phillips explores ways in which sound and lyric invoke mood, feeling, and the range of human emotion over time. Rooted in jazz, she believes in carrying forward stories of tradition but also experimenting with the verse and flow of now. Beyond category. Performing both nationally and locally, she originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri but Chicago has become her anchor, a place to build community, raise a family, and further open a gateway out to the rest of the world. A devoted student of jazz composition, Phillips holds a Masters of Arts in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oberlin College.

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