Acoustic SpokenWord Café to open season at Wunderkammer

| February 8, 2014

SpokenWord-trioFORT WAYNE—A trio of artists is scheduled to open the 2014 season of the Acoustic SpokenWord Café, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Feb. 15 at Wunderkammer Co., 3402 Fairfield Ave. Admission is $5.

TRIAAC, Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art & Culture, is no longer located downtown on E. Brackenridge Street, and will locate the Café and its other projects at different collaborating Fort Wayne institutions throughout the year.

The Feb. 15 is set to feature poets Teresa Vazquez and Ketu Oladuwa and singer-songwriter Teresa Chalaye Long.

Vazquez is an assistant professor and the Humanities Program Chair at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne. In 2000, she released a CD Chapbook of poetry and soundscapes entitled A Woman Loving, with funding from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has also appeared in March Abrazo Press’s Between the Heart and the Land/Entre el corazón y la tierra, an anthology of Midwest Latina writers. Ms. Vazquez has performed at the Printer’s Row Book Festival, the Guild Complex, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Def Poetry Jam Showcase, the Green Mill, The HotHouse and N.A.M.E. Gallery in Chicago and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, TRIAAC’s Acoustic SpokenWord Café and at IPFW in Fort Wayne. She holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Oberlin College and an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kétu Oladuwa is the son of Carrie and John Taylor, and Margaret Fisher and Tyrone Foster, the grandson of Belva Fisher, and the student of Chief James Hawthorne Béy. On death row in 1966 Oladuwa discovered his Afrikan identity and the power of the word. In 1967, Third World Press accepted for publication Death Row Shadows, his initial poetry manuscript. Following his release in 1971, Grossett & Dunlap optioned his autobiography. However, neither work came to publication because Oladuwa would not agree to edited changes. In 1976, the Frank Silvera Writer’s Workshop staged one of his plays in a readers’ theatre production. He wrote and staged the children’s play, Jitter and the Wolf Woman, for Griot Experimental Theatre Co., which he co-founded in Newburgh, New York, in 1980. In 2013, with George Kalamaras, Oladuwa released the CD A Thousand Thousand Fireflies Never Equal Zero. He has two manuscripts, Dough Rises, and Blues Dahlia, and a CD project, Urban Baobab, ready for publication.

Moonbeam Sunrising Star/Teresa Chalaye Long is a singer-songwriter-songwriter, psychic energy healer, Tarot card reader, and massage therapist who has performed extensively in Northwest Michigan. She’s also worked with the Traverse City High School Music Mentor Program. She’s played and sang at The Hideout in Buckley, Mich., and at the Harbor Springs Michigan Bliss Festival. In Chicago, she’s appeared at The Green Mill and sang on Granville Street. In Bloomington, Ind., Moonbeam has led Utopia Blue Band and in Traverse City the Moonbeam Sunrising Star Power Band. She’s been heard live in Northern Michigan on WNMC 90.7FM. Some of Moonbeam’s performances may be viewed on www.youtube.com.

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