Join us as we welcome poets José Olivarez (Citizen Illegal) and Britteney Black Rose Kapri (Black Queer Hoe) to Tacoma for a live recording of the Prickly Pear Podcast, hosted by Christina Butcher, as they chat about poetry, art and identity. NOTE that this event is rescheduled from 3/20, due to travel complications.
The live recording is also part of Write253’s Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB)-Tacoma teen poetry slam festival this March. The festival culminates in a youth poetry slam on March 23 at Alma Mater (6pm). The event is open to the public and is free for youth, with a modest, suggested donation for adults. Get your tickets here, or pay at the door!
José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was awarded the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize, and it was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods, and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. He lives in New York City.
Britteney Black Rose Kapri is a teaching artist, writer, performance poet, and playwright. She is the author of Black Queer Hoe (Haymarket Books, 2018). Her writing has been published in Poetry magazine, Vinyl, Day One, SevenScribes, and Kinfolks Quarterly. She is an alumna turned teaching artist fellow at Young Chicago Authors. Kapri is also a staff member and writer for Black Nerd Problems, and a former Rona Jaffe Writers Award recipient. She lives in Chicago.