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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Writer, vocalist, and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna* 2013); three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban, Ni-Ban (MOH Press) and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna*); and the album, Televisíon. Her work has been published in Rattapallax, Black Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes, Fence, Ploughshares, The Black Scholar, Jubilat, Tea Party Magazine, Mandorla: New Writings from the Americas and Muck Works to name a few. Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Kitchen, Exit Art, The Walker Center, Poetry Foundation, Recess Activities Inc, The Whitney and MoMa among others. As a vocalist, she has worked with the likes of Vernon Reid, Akilah Oliver, Mike Ladd, Butch Morris, Gabri Christa, Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Edwin Torres, Elliot Sharp, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Bernard Lang, Vijay Iyer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Marc Cary, Towa Tei, Vernon Jeffrey Smith and Guillermo E. Brown. She has received scholarships, residencies and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Eben Demarest Trust, Harlem Community Arts Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Laundromat Project, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant for Women and the Jerome Foundation and Millay Colony. As an independent curator and artistic director, LaTasha has co-presented and directed literary/musical/theatrical events at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, WBAI, The Schomburg Center for Black Culture, BAM Café, Dixon Place, Lincoln Center Atrium and El Museo del Barrio. A native of Harlem, LaTasha along with Greg Tate, are the founders and editors of Coon Bidness and yoYO/SO4 Magazine.

Selected Poems


...the artist is born of Trinidadian-Canadian parents
...based in Miami, the artist
...the artist of Irish and Cherokee ancestry
...her work oscillates between the illusionary potential of performance
...was born and raised in Brooklyn
...the artist is of Diné and African descent
...artist, vocalist, curator, publisher, playwright, actor...
...the artist's works touch on seemingly disparate histories
...is the socio-political Marxist artist that coined the term "post black" in
conceptual art.
...his delectably abject work is a tactile, layered, somatic and multilingual
...born in Port au Prince, Haiti, the artist
...her work investigates the Afri-sci-fi narrative in the black transgendered body
...he is a Chicano artist
...explores identity and conformity by photographing himself...
...is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. .
..is represented by Sikkema; Jenkins and Co.
...her work, rooted in her Mid-Western upbringing as a Korean adoptee
...the artist is a registered tribal member of the Shawnee
...crafting post post-colonial iconographies in Peruvian pottery
...he examines his Ugandan roots
...has exhibited in Morocco, South Africa, Pittsburgh, Berlin, Tate Modern...
...she lives and works in Bogota, Colombia
...is Chippewa of the Deer Clan and born for the Mexican Clan.
...she explores displacement and identity in culturally specific markers
...was born in Ghana in 1971 and grew up in Nashville
...probing the physical weight of sculpture and Dominican carnival masks...
...uses the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist
tradition to explore cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics.


trail mix

However, any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits
semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and
construed as an action against an unborn child.

State Senator Constance Johnson of Oklahoma
on the Every Sperm is Sacred Amendment to Personhood Bill

They're all fruit.

State Senator Nina Turner of Ohio on the Viagra Bill

tilth is a womb. craven is the banana lost at sea. it
needs jesus like all heathens do. wasted corn kernels, the shame! is
what spilt not life? into the spume semen dies. all
alive wading. all normal. dead. abnormal. wading. about
40 million each jack. stumpy dates, copious eggplants lacking the
guidance of anal governments. American sperm needs our love!
there's a crisis and the strapping Norse is winning. and
thahn long seed is more exotic than Bronzeville peanuts making
double penetration pop on ghetto-tube. globules of little tails sure
to be tarnished. fertile lubes: Viagra, turkey baster fatalities. we
cherish our melon busboys and mulberry janitors. look
towards Brazil for a sign: passion fruits shaped like man's sex. out-
law the neglect of apples. outlaw the abuse of pumpkins. against, not for
the test tubes. god gets quite irate over dried up grapes. men's
spurned daggers bound for banks. drunk fruit flies crave, bemoan sexual
healing from hand. or mouth. seamen think little of the nation's health.


damn right it's betta than yours

she getting taught — him getting schooled

            — frosty dips — foamy zouk

                               drown dem clods in kikongo dollop

                               bradda tell a rida — holla at yuh fadda

                                          — yu in yuh caddy —

                                                    ricochet feed yu — barrington

             di seagulls crack clam shells —

                       sailors — da kine stuffin' swelled snails

dey navy yard smiles chinky — cause dey drown dem clods in kikongo dollop

          shantay yuh stay — dem — yard fowl — serve

swim in kaiso — hotel drive — milk dem lick mouth — holiday den

assified — technique drop — kikongo dollop — blocka-blocka

          erode di pentameter — blocka-blocka

                     shadows sashay — freak-a-leek

                               milk dem — hotel drive — bum by — don a dime

                               — true dat fadda — charge dem clods

                     shantay yuh thesis — walk tick short tongue

           — squint when ya milk shake —

                           drown dem clods — charge dem clods

                                                    seagulls on crack — blocka blocka