Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Kathy Engel

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Kathy Engel were recorded in July this year at the Poetry Marathon at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum in Amagansett. 

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor was born in Trinidad and raised in Queens, New York.

She is the author of three collections of poetry:
Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, and Convincing the Body. 

Her work has been published in various anthologies including: Callaloo, Carry the Word,
The Mom Egg, To Be Left With The Body, So Much Things To Say: 100 Calabash Poets, Making the Trees Shiver, and Of Fire Of Iron, an anthology she published for The Hot Poets Collective. 

A poet and teaching artist, Boyce-Taylor holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast: University of Southern Maine, and an MSW in Social Work from Fordham University in New York City.

Boyce-Taylor's text Water was commissioned by Jacob's Pillow and the National Foundation for the Arts for Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company. 

In 2011 she was Poet in Residence with Evidence Dance Company at Notre Dame University and The Joyce Theater in New York City.

Her poems can be found at Brown University on permanent exhibit.
Currently Boyce-Taylor hosts The Calypso Muse Reading Series and The Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series in Brooklyn, New York.

She is working on a new manuscript titled, The Red Bible: Poems of Loss and Remembrance after her mother Eugenia Boyce.

Kathy Engel is a poet, activist and teacher.  She was the founding director of MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization 

She is a co-founder of Riptide Communications, the Hayground School, East End Women in Black and with Alexis De Veaux, Lyrical Democracies. 

Her books include: the poetry collections “Ruth’s Skirts”, and “Vanish The Tentative”.

With Kamal Boulata she co-edited “We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon”.
Here are Cheryl Boyce Taylor and Kathy Engel reading together at the Marine Museum in Amagansett, New York.

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