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Hard Hitting Words for Hard Hit People (Online Concert)

  • 09/17/2020
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/


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Thursday, September 17, 7:30 - 9:30 PM (EDT)

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Two poets, three singers and a rap artist swap their poetry and music to mutually reflect on and celebrate the unsung, the unheard, the heroes history would pass over.  Words of rage, tribute and inspiration.

ARTIST BIOS (In order of Performance):

Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator.  His forthcoming book of poems from Norton is called Floaters.  Other collections of poems include Vivas to Those Who Have FailedThe Trouble BallThe Republic of Poetry, Alabanza and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen.  He is the editor of What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump.  His honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple, was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona.  A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Sol y Canto (sun and song) features founders Puerto Rican/Argentine singer Rosi Amador's crystalline vocals and New Mexican Spanish guitarist/composer Brian Amador's Spanish guitar playing and compositions.

Critically acclaimed as Boston's Latin music ambassadors since 1984, they co-founded their first band, Flor de Caña, inspired by a life-changing trip to Nicaragua.  The couple performs Brian Amador's original compositions and songs in the Nueva Canción tradition in richly diverse Latin rhythms from Puerto Rico and Cuba to Peru, Argentina and Uruguay, as well as beloved Latin American sings touching on themes of hope, social justice, infatuation, love and whimsy, in genres ranging from gentle ballads to churning Latin dance rhythms.


Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of four books. Her latest collection of poems from Northwestern University Press is called Filthy Labors.  Of this book, Sam Hamill says: “No one, I believe, has written with such delicate honesty and compassion about shelters for homeless (often abused) women…the range of her vision is exquisite.”  Other collections include The Voodoo Doll Parade, Psalms of the Dining Room, and Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing.  She is currently at work on a YA novel, Beautiful Little Fools.  Her awards include the Vilcek Prize for Poetry, the So to Speak Poetry Prize and the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor.  She received her MFA from Antioch University, served as a Poet in the Schools in Paterson, New Jersey, taught high school English in Springfield, Massachusetts, and now teaches Humanities at the Academy at Charlemont.


Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for more than half a century.  He is the recipient of the Phil Ochs Award, the War Resisters League’s Peacemaker Award, the Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award for which he was nominated by Pete Seeger; and the Joe Hill Award, a lifetime achievement award for excellence in the field of labor culture.  Charlie was born in 1947, raised in Brockton, MA and currently lives in Shelburne Falls MA.  He cites as musical influences the folk music revival of the 1960's, and his participation in political struggles in the decades that followed.


Jendog Lonewolf is a multi-disciplinary Two Spirit/Black-Native, Photographer and touring Hip Hop MC from Bushwick, Brooklyn.  She navigates a myriad of spaces challenging stereotypes & issues at the intersections of class, race, gender and sexuality while representing the true essence of Hip Hop Culture & Music, as a voice of “the People.“  

Jendog collaborated with Grammy® award-winner Dan Zaneson two Hip Hop-Folk Music collaborations, including a Lead Bellytribute song on Smithsonian Institute’s Folkways Records. As an international touring Artist, she’s performed at numerous universities, festivals & conferences, with her Partner in Art & Love, YaliniDream, as one half of the performance duo, Brooklyn Dreamwolf.   

They’ve shared stages with icons like Nile RodgersHarry BelafonteJoan Baez, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  They’ve toured in South AfricaCambodiaSri LankaCanadaUKIndia, and across the US, performing and facilitating workshops.


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