The Art of Performance

How to Make Your Poetry Swing

A Conversation with Award-Winning Poets

Keith Flynn & Quincy Troupe

Hakim Hasan, moderator

Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

$40

Includes signed copies of The Skin of Meaning & Eye Throw My Rope Tongue into the Sky

Refreshments! Limited Seating. Buy Now.

What is that secret sauce that certain poets have mastered that makes for a coherent, uplifting, transcendent experience when marrying poetry with music in a performance that leaves the audience enraptured? Keith Flynn and Quincy Troupe are among the few poets who bring their poetry written for the page onto the stage in a dynamic melding of music and poetry.

Keith & Quincy will share their techniques in an afternoon at the Harlem Arts Salon that celebrates the publication of their newest works: Flynn’s The Skin of Meaning (Red Hen Press, 2020); Troupe’s Eye Throw My Rope Tongue into the Sky (White Rock Hall, 2020).

Keith Flynn is the award-winning author of seven books, most recently Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013) and a collection of essays entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer’s Digest Books, 2007). His newest book of poems is The Skin of Meaning (Red Hen Press, 2020).

Author of seven books, including five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters (1994), The Lost Sea (2000), The Golden Ratio (Iris Press, 2007), Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013), and a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer’s Digest Books, 2007), Keith was lyricist and lead singer for the rock band, The Crystal Zoo, and currently tours with his own group, The Holy Men. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, a 2013 NC Literary Fellowship, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. Flynn is founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, which began publishing in 1994.

Quincy Troupe is the author over 20 books that include Miles: The Autobiography, miles & me: a memoir, Ghost Voices, Seduction, and his latest publication CD, which was produced by Keith Flynn, eye Throw My Rope Tongue into the Sky. Among his many other distinctions are the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, the Milt Kessler Poetry Award, three American Book Awards, the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from Furious Flower, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Award, January 25, 2018, in Detroit Michigan.

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