The Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF) will host four guest artists for a three-day presentation of works and works-in-progress Wednesday, March 14 – Friday, March 16, 2018. The guests range from authors to playwrights participating in various events that will be moderated by Tulsa Artist Fellows.
“TAF Fellows join the Tulsa Arts community from various parts of the country,” said Julia White, program manager at TAF. “In addition to moving their practice to Tulsa as part of the fellowship, we are always excited when we have the opportunity to bring the fellows’ expansive networks and talented colleagues to visit our community. It’s even more exciting when local artists and actors are involved in some way. This collaboration really speaks to the program’s efforts to enhance our already burgeoning Arts community.”
The performances and readings will take place at multiple locations over the 3-day series.
TAF guest artists and writer-performers Taji Senior and Jesus I. Valles, both coming from Austin, TX, will share two solo performance works-in-progress at the Woody Guthrie Center (102 E. M.B. Brady St.) on Wednesday, March 14, beginning 7:30 p.m. The event, titled ¡Yo Solo!, will examine race, identity, politics, citizenship, documentation, and sexuality in America. TAF Fellow Adrienne Dawes will moderate a brief discussion after the performance. Linda Allegro, project director of New Sanctuary Tulsa, will also join the panel discussion.
During a joint presentation, visiting authors Matthew Baker and Lee Conell will read excerpts from their most recent works “Hybrid Creatures” and “Subcortical,” respectively, at Magic City Books (221 E. Archer St.) on Thursday, March 15, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Baker currently resides in New York City where he teaches at New York University. Conell is a visiting writer at the University of the South in Tennessee. The conversation, in partnership with Magic City Books, will be moderated by TAF Fellow Simon Han.
TAF Fellow Adrienne Dawes will close out the series with a reading of her new play-in-progress “Teen Dad” at Fly Loft (117 N. Boston Ave.) on Friday, March 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. “Teen Dad” is a comedic exploration of trauma and recovery in a mixed race Black and Latinx family. The cast will feature guest artists Taji Senior and Jesus I. Valles, as well as local actors Kia Dorsey, Viviana Goodwin and Phetote Mshairi.
All events are free and open to the public.