February 11, Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word, Featured Poet Marcia Douglas
Marcia Douglas was born in the UK and grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. She is the author of the novels Madam Fate and Notes from a Writer’s Book of Cures and Spells as well as a poetry collection, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom, which received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies internationally. In addition to writing, she performs a one-woman show, Natural Herstory, adapted from her fiction and directed by Cecilia Pang. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and she is on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her new novel, The Marvelous Equations of the Dread, was published in October 2016.
March 4, Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word, Featured Poet Hannah Bowman
Hannah Bowman is a high-school junior and lifetime member of UUCA with a deep-seated love of poetry. She is involved with her school’s improv troupe, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the DHS Literary Magazine, and is a member of the band The Unprovoked. With her creative writing teacher Ms.Natalie Williams as her mentor, she hopes to improve both her poetry and prose and to one day have her stories published.
April 8, Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word, Featured Poets Shawna Floyd and Carol Welter
Shawna Floyd is a poet and writer–or maybe she is a frustrated poet and writer–who has burst into song. She has studied writing within and without the halls of academia. If you ask her, both ways have their use. A lover of language and a sniffer of book pages since she was a little cornrowed girl, it’s no wonder that she has turned out as she has. One day (hopefully soon) she will make a tee shirt that reads “Black women writers to the rescue!” for she wouldn’t be here without them. To Shawna, being an artist means she is whole. She won’t just live the half-life assigned to her. She chooses her life’s dimensions every time she makes space to write and sing and create. And when she puts her art and her life to the work of justice and love, she is without bind or bounds.
Carol Welter has been a performer all of her life, ever the chatterbox, telling stories, making others laugh, playing on stage variations of the Monster or Lover. She says: “I love Spoken Word. There is something to be said, so I write, I write to be heard, to rid myself of the constant chatter in my head, to share my views, more so to discover who I really am.” Her passion for the arts has taken into directing theater, spending her free time writing poetry, and breaking out into song at the dinner table and the grocery aisle. Born in the United Kingdom, she spent her formative years in London, attending the Shakespearean Conservatory for training in classical theatre in studies that included Moliere, Chinese Opera, Greek Theater, and the legendary traveling troupes commedia dell’arte. She is the creator, driving force, and host for the Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word series.