Poets of the Utah Arts Festival at WBW!
Poets of the Utah Arts Festival perform at Weller Book Works!
Featuring Debbie Higham, Shay Alexi, Ryan J., and Clementine von Radics!
Every year the Utah Arts Festival brings together an eclectic mix of literary performance artists. This year, Debbie Higham (Mama Debs), Shay Alexi, Ryan J., and Clementine von Radics will come to Salt Lake City bringing their incredible and touching works. Catch them at Weller Book Works for one special evening!
This event will is sponsored by the Wasatch Wordsmiths.
Debbie Higham's (Mama Deb) poetry explores subjects such as loss, violence, legacy, and inheritance. She uses her clear sense of scene to engage audiences and pull them into the worlds she weaves with her words. Many have described her work as "entrancing" and "raw and honest". She has had the privilege of representing Salt Lake City at the National Poetry Slam in Denver, as well as gracing the stage of several art festivals and one TEDx event. She has also taught workshops at high schools throughout Utah and Idaho.
Shay Alexi is a radically tender poet and performance artist based out of Atlanta, GA. Her work explores the intersections of girlhood, mental health, sexuality, and self love in an effort to dismantle patriarchy and cultivate joy. Her chapbook, DIARY OF A GHOST GIRL, is forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press. She was the winner of the 2017 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins poetry prize and the 2017 Java Monkey Slam champion. Shay was a Whitinger Scholar at Ball State University where she earned her BFA in Acting, creating the foundation for her work's innovative blend of traditional spoken word and physical storytelling. Her work has been featured by Button Poetry, Write About Now, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Glass: a Journal of Poetry, and FreezeRay Poetry.
Ryan J. is a spoken word artist based in Atlanta, bringing a fresh perspective to slam poetry. In his work, Ryan focuses on social issues and narratives that often exist in the blind spots of marginalized communities. Whether it be through a performance of what breakup voicemails from the Earth to the United States would sound like, or tales of what it means to be a terrible dancer as a black kid in a white space, Ryan challenges his audience to open their eyes and ears to a new perspective on what ideas and narratives that we so often miss.
Clementine von Radics readis of a mix of page and performance poetry, focusing on themes such as mental illness, survival, joy, and feminism.