JUSFC Creative Artist Fellow LaTasha Diggs: Poetry and Vocal Performance

May 30, 2016 

Poet, vocalist, and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs presents a selection from her acclaimed debut book, TwERK, new performance-based works, and a taste of flash non-fiction. While Diggs᾽ poetry can be traced to the Black Arts Movement from the 1960s, her contemporary use of language as a source of cultural expression is developed through the polyphonic splicing of global and local lexicons, involving Tagalog, Japanese, Spanish, Black English, Cherokee, and Quechua. This cosmopolitan engagement with language connects her work to the avant-garde as well as the “street” aesthetics of hip hop music and spoken word performance.

LaTasha is a U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship recipient, who is pursuing an artists residency in Japan.

Thursday, July 7, 2016, 7:00 pm

Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan

Language: English (with consecutive interpretation; original texts will be provided.)

Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more information, please visit the International House of Japan.