Thursday, October 2, 2008
ISHMAEL REED IN CONVERSATION WITH AL YOUNG; MODERATED BY LA TASHA DIGGS, AT NEW SCHOOL IN NEW YORK CITY
The Poet/Writer/Educator Ishmael Reed, Poet, Artist, moderator, LaTasha Diggs, Poet/Writer/Educator Al Young
Oct. 1, 2008 Went to hear the Poets Ishmael Reed and Al Young read some of their writings. Later the poets had a lively dialogue about the their live's as poets and the developement of their writings.
The evening was moderated by my friend The Poet, Performance Artist, Singer Extraordinaire, LaTasha Diggs. The evening was sponsored by The New School Writing Program and Cave Canem Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Lila Wallace theater fund, and public funds from the New York City Department of cultural Affairs.
I had been on a mad-hunt, looking for Ishmael Reed's Poem NEO-HOODOO MANIFESTO. I asked him where I could get a copy of it, He told me that it was in his book NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS 1964-2007, I purchased the book and he signed it form me. I really love the writing in this book, and I really appreciate having NEO-HOODOO MANIFESTO finally in my hands.
NEO-HOODOO MANIFESTO starts out like... "Neo HooDoo is a "Lost American Church" updated. Neo-HooDoo is the music of James Brown without the lyrics"....
Yet, another one of those culturally charged New York Evenings...
Need I say more?