April marks National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, Asheville School will host poet and teaching-artist Glenis Redmond for a performance and workshops on April 18.
Redmond is the Poet-in-Residence at both The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina, and at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is also a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist listed in their National Touring Directory. She has founded several poetry slam groups, including the first Greenville Poetry Slam in 1995. Redmond is a two-time Individual Southern Fried Slam Champion and a two-time top ten finalist at the National Poetry Slam.
From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Redmond will present an "informance," an informal performance and craft talk during which she will share stories and poems that speak to her creative journey. Redmond hopes that the informace will serve to inspire and provide an opportunity for listeners to ask questions about process or content of her poems.
Chiefly concerned with poems about people and place, Redmond writes about her family's experience as an Air Force family in her recent manuscript, "The Listening Skin." She addresses their migration from South Carolina to many points across the United States in the 1950s through the 1970s. Through her work, she reckons with poverty, racism and a yearning to belong.
During the informance, audience members are invited to travel and bear witness as Redmond navigates them poetically through multiple cultural and emotional terrains.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Walker Art Center's Graham Theater. It is free and open to the public; an RSVP is required - contact Asheville School Director of Fine Arts Kathy Leiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Asheville Art Museum have the option to sign up for a workshop: "About People, About Place Poetry Workshop," which will be led by Redmond following the informance. To register for the workshop, go to www.ashevilleart.org/event/informance/.
This event is planned in conjunction with Appalachia Now! and presented in partnership with the Asheville Art Museum.