October 12, 2011 - 7:30 PM
450 Florida St.
Brown Paper Tickets
Doors open at 7:30 pm;
Event begins at 8 pm
Poet, publisher, novelist, dramatist, and more, Ishmael Reed is one of the most prolific and thought-provoking authors at work in America today. From his first novel The Free-Lance Pallbearers (1967) to his latest, Juice! (2011), and through poetry, plays, essays, and anthologies, the iconoclastic trailblazer has pointedly highlighted our nation’s political and cultural repression. Reed has been instrumental in exposing the work of new authors through his online literary magazine Konch and the Ishmael Reed Publishing Company. He is also a jazz pianist and lyricist and has worked with such talented musicians as Taj Mahal, Allen Toussaint, Cassandra Wilson, and David Murray. Join us for an evening of music, poetry, tributes, and drama in honor of Reed and his long-standing contributions to the Bay Area literary scene. Featuring emcee W. Kamau Bell, music from Broun Fellinis, and live dramatic performances directed by Carla Blank.
Wajahat Ali, W. Kamau Bell, Carla Blank, Clark Blaise, Broun Fellinis, Ianthe Brautigan Swensen, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Yuri Kageyama, Alejandro Murguía, Claire Ortalda, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed
ACT II, Scene 6 from Body Parts, a serious comedy in two acts by Ishmael Reed
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