If there’s one thing we like to do at Rochester Spoken Word, it’s to welcome people from all backgrounds to our stage. Getting to hear works from people with different life experiences than our own helps us to better understand others, which in turn makes our time together on this big blue marble even better. On Sunday April 8th, Speak Easy celebrated diversity with Colorful Voices: Readings by People of Color, LGBTQ, and Other Under-Represented Writers. It was a fantastic program across the board, and so very popular that it sold out a week in advance!
We had 9 wonderful readers — eight of which graced our stage for the first time. We hope they’ll come visit us again. Check out the pictures below.
Next Up: Celebrate the cocktail with us at Speak Easy: Stories with Cocktails. Again this year we’ll be part of the Rochester Cocktail Revival, so all our readings will reference a cocktail. This is such a popular event that we’re doing two shows, and no matter which show you attend, you’re ticket is good for two cocktails. Get your tickets before they’re gone: Noon Show – 3:00 pm Show.
Lineup for Speak Easy No. 16, Sunday 4/8/2018, at Cheshire:
Generations in One Short Lifetime — Denise Lippa One True Season (A Poem for Z.Q. who has Dissociative Identity Disorder with 16 Identities in All) — Joel Lesses
Excerpt from The Annulment — Ashwin Manthripragada Pat the Bunny — Linda Lowen
Excerpt from No Other World — Rahul Mehta
Excerpt from Beach Country — Francesca Padilla A Queer at Latin Mass — Bridget Connolly Where there is Water from Remember the Earth — Angelique Stevens Eulogy for Mother — Katherine Gale DaCosta
Special thanks to Martin Petrella for photography and Rebecca Haskins for keeping the corn popping.