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October 4, 2019
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thanks amanda

i want to reiterate how much i appreciate having Amanda Chestnut curate my #art exhibit #ThisHeirloom for #CurrentSeennot only does she bring obvious #brilliance and a #pragmatic, can-do sensibility to the project, she is also incredibly kind – and that is a rare combination of #talentsthx again amanda for a splendid … Continue reading

October 4, 2019
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meeting naomi shihab nye

rana suleiman and i with the #palestinian american #poet #NaomiShihabNye at a #poetry workshop @stjohnfishercollege @rochesterny what a blessing to meet the beautiful, kind and wise naomi – someone whose work i quote in my writing and speeches more than any other poet #life is a poem indeed 

October 4, 2019
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current seen opens today!

#repost Amanda Chestnut#CurrentSeen opens today at 6pm! my work will be on exhibit at the #DouglassAuditorium @540westmain there will be some 20 small and large venues showing new art and highlighting new curatorial voices along east and main street! don’t miss it!

October 1, 2019
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have your mother make you kibbeh

today in my #class ‘through another lens’ we read from the catalog for ‘clear-hold-build’ a powerful #art #exhibit i saw at Twelve Gates Arts#gallery in #philly a couple of weeks ago.  we focused on #iraqi #artist dena al-adeeb’s work, particularly ‘have your mother make you kibbeh’ which re-enacts dena’s ongoing participatory #performance ‘the #taste of #displacement.’  i … Continue reading

July 15, 2019
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Amália Rodrigues

Amália Rodrigues was a Portuguese fadista and actress. Known as the ‘Rainha do Fado’, Rodrigues was instrumental in popularising fado worldwide. Fado (“destiny or fate”) is a musical genre that can be traced to the 1820s in Lisbon, Portugal, but … Continue reading

July 9, 2019
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toni morrison on language

toni morrison: the language has to be quiet; it has to engage your participation. i never describe characters very much. my writing expects, demands participatory reading… my language has to have holes and spaces so the reader can come into … Continue reading