It's been a couple of weeks since I had serious internet access. I've been on the road, from NYC to Austin. Phew. But before we get to that...
The reading panel and workshop on January 28th was AMAZING. Dr Moreno Vega really said some powerful things about life, living, truth and love. She was wonderful. And it was cool cause she read from her memoirs, which was a great balance to the fiction that I read (I read three excerpts from Erzulie's Skirt). The audience asked some great questions about what inspires us, how to deal with writer's block and how to stick with our voices. Then after the panel, I had about 19 folks in the workshops. We did some movement work, some writing and some shared writing. From what I heard, folks got a lot out of that. I left feeling really happy, and the Caribbean Cultural Center is such a great space. It just gives off good, good vibes. Chango was with us all the way, too!
Then the road was great. We drove through Pennsylvania, decked out in Go Steelers signs from Philly to Pittsburgh. Then down through W. Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri where we stopped to see my brother and his fiancee; they are so lovely. After that, it was roadside Haiku. We decided to take the long route through Oklahoma: via Highway 69 instead of 44 to 35. Eh -hem. Halfway through the plains, we started composing small poems such as this:
Need a job?
Do Not Enter
Carcasses accepted for deposit
Yes - Roadside Haiku. A small spin off from the Urban Haiku's of earlier years
And finally, on Saturday, we arrived in Austin. Austin is a lovely city. It's got the southwestern climate, with California architecture, Texas attitude and an overall love of funkiness and fun. We've been driving around the neighborhoods trying to familiarize ourselves with the city. So far, we can see that the action is happening on the south side, and that besides malls of franchises, life happens on the small streets. There are some amazing folks here. We stopped by ALLGO today, and the Theater Action Project is right here, too. Later today we are going to check out Guadalupe Street.
Yesterday was my first workshop with The Austin Project. Talk about an Incredible Group of People: IGP. Yes - incredible. Very dynamic. We have a really great blend of performers and writers, as well as life backgrounds. Very abundantly creative group of folks. More on that later. I'm off to lunch. Peace.