J. Otis Powell‽: writer, performance artist, mentor, curator and consultant. A list of his clients includes, Intermedia Arts, Perpich Center Artists and Educators Institute, Innocent Technologies, Pillsbury House Theater, Interact Theater and the Givens Foundation. The Minnesota Spoken Word Association awarded Mr. Powell‽ their Urban Griot Innovator Award and inducted him into their Hall Of Fame. Powell‽ is also a founding curator for Bridges - a performance arts program with Pangea World Theater. Mister Powell‽’s fourth book, Waiting for a Spaceship was published by SPOUT Press in June of 2017. In February 2015 J. Otis‽ was poetry editor for Blues Vision, an anthology produced in collaboration between Minnesota Humanities Center and Minnesota Historical Society Press. Rain Taxi launched Pieces of Sky in 2014. My Tongue Has No Bone, a book featuring art by Janice Lee Porter was released in 2001 by Porter Publishing and his first book Theology was celebrated in 1996 and handmade by Traffic Street Press. J. Otis‽'s words have been recorded and released on several CDs: a DVD titled News as Abstract Truth with Bill Cottman, Unsentimental with Rene Ford, BALM! In association with SpeakEasy Records, THIS CAT IS OUT, with The New Day Blues Band, THEOLOGY: Love & Revolution and Words Will Heal The Wound. J. Otis‽ has studied with Gloria Anzaldúa, Quincy Troupe, Amiri Baraka, Alexs Pate, Sekou Sundiata and Yusef Komunyakaa. He worked as co-mentor and performed with Amiri Baraka for the Givens Writer's Retreat and TruRuts Endeavors. Grants and awards include: recipient of a Loft Creative Nonfiction Award, a Jerome Travel and Study Grant as well as a Jerome Mid Career Artist Grant and an Intermedia Arts Interdisciplinary McKnight Fellowship, he was selected for the 2014 CCLI at Intermedia Arts. Powell‽ was a founding producer of the award winning Write On Radio! at KFAI-FM in Minneapolis while working as a program director and community liaison at the Loft Literary Center.
Freedom “You ain’t free you just loose." from PUNIC WARS by Keith Antar Mason I have written myself Into existence I am not accomplished But I’m the person I want to be when I get there Free as I know how Loose as I can stand I save sacred things in poems To worship them in public Nothing good gets away It’s been proven we know how to die At intersections Where angels and demons cross On the edge of hope Can we prove we know how to live Can we be living proof of realities Larger than ourselves In the face of mathematics Can we hold forth the notion That one plus one is one In our journey toward freedom Can we bring body and soul together I tired of repetition until I understood infinity I built a new woodshed To practice freedom Fritz Kreisler said, "Practice is a bad habit" It could lead to loss of "The bloom of your musical imagination" It could lead to soulless memory Definitive interpretations Absolute power Tomorrow is fragile but momentum Has a habit so I practice Time is filled with practice Proficiency is as much habit as devise John Coltrane didn’t practice He played all the time His practice was like an Ocean practices waving Like the sun practices Raising the temperature Always with time hanging In the balance I practice opening my hands And letting go It’s amazing what one can do Once their hands are free I practice forgetting To remember and dreaming It’s come down to me My art and EYE I have wooed myself into submission One seductive line at a time It’s a process of reconstruction That affords us creativity It is creative process that adds meaning To otherwise fragmented realities We are born into worlds of influence Larger than ourselves so we deconstruct We reconstruct our own mythology In order to know which worlds are ours _______________________________ Ancient Young Souls http://writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=26249 Camouflage http://writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=26729 Maturation http://writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=26623 Tea Party In A Fox Hole http://writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=28414 Esoteric (revised) http://writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=27503 Speaking In Tongues http://writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=26746
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Beyond It's Disease (18/08/2017)
Music Formerly Known As Jazz (25/07/2017)
Waiting For A Spaceship (the book) (05/06/2017)
A Sin Of Omission (27/05/2017)
Body of Work (11/05/2017)
Black Again for the First Time (29/12/2016)
Esoteric (for #sayhername) (08/11/2016)
What is Ours (11/10/2016)
Now What‽ (11/10/2016)
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