Drawl | Southern Spoken Word Poetry
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Drawl is a weekly podcast about Southern poets by Southern poets. Follow along as we feature poetry performances, conversations with poets, and lots of laughs in between. Hosted by Desireé Dallagiacomo & Donney Rose also known as Donney Rose & Desireé Dallagiacomo. Come thru.
||Explicit“Telling All The Business”||Season 2 Preview||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit[BONUS] Live at Plus Fest with Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton||--||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Going Out With A Bang(a)" (Tarriona "Tank" Ball)||Coming from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas are surrounded by plenty of grand musical traditions. And the five-piece group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles—fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-groove R&B and subtle jazz—into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own. “It’s music that can’t really be put in a box,” says singer and poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball. She fronts the band with vivid charisma that helped Tank and the Bangas win NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Concert. Contest by unanimous acclaim, standing out among 6,000 entrants because of what Bob Boilen called “the depth of their lyricism and the versatility of their players.” Ball’s lyrical depth has been years in the making. She came up in the strong local slam poetry scene before meeting her bandmates: Merell Burkett on keyboards, Joshua Johnson on drums, Norman Spence on bass and synth keys and, eventually, Albert Allenback on alto sax and flute. “Growing up, I always could sing, but I wrote better than I sang, so I focused on writing,” she says. After her team won the National Poetry Slam Championship two years in a row, Ball turned her full attention to Tank and the Bangas. What started as a loose collaboration at an open-mic night in 2011 has grown into a mesmerizing musical force that’s only picking up speed. After a featured set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival early in the band’s career, the musicians built a reputation outside their hometown by grinding it out on the road, honing their live show and releasing the 2013 album Think Tank, all the while converting audiences into passionate fans and garnering critical acclaim, from the New Orleans Advocate to The New York Times. “It made us work hard,” Ball says of playing Jazz Fest. “It made us want to feel deserving of it.” Their hard work is paying off: The Huffington Post says Tank and the Bangas defy description onstage, adding, “It’s music that you have to experience.” The experience is subject to change from one night to the next. “One show will feel very electronic, or hip-hop, and another show will feel slow and vibe-y and jazzy, and then another show will just be poetry and off-the- cuff riffs,” says Johnson. “As a band, we don’t like to hear ourselves do the same thing for too long, so we might change a small thing here or there, and if we change enough small things, it seems like a big change.” Tank and the Bangas won the Tiny Desk contest with “Quick,” a riotous single they released in 2017 (and soon accompanied with a cheeky, not entirely safe-for- work video). There’s more new music where that came from as the group works on the follow-up to Think Tank. “It’s going to be awesome,” Ball says. “It’s going to be fun, and a little vulnerable at the same time.” The band’s ongoing evolution involves more than just music: Ball continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer. Even back in the open-mic days, she was a force of nature. “I don’t know if there’s such a thing as too free, but it was totally uninhibited. She was inspired,” Spence says, laughing at the memory. More recently, Ball has become less of a dervish onstage—“I was running around so much I didn’t have time to sing at all,” she say—while finding new ways of expressing herself as a writer. “I don’t just think about myself when I write now,” she says. “Just being with my bandmates taught me to think more about other people. And when you have an audience of people ready to listen to you, you’re excited to connect with them, you really are.”||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Youth Shall Set You Free" (Kalvin Marquiz & Bianca Colette)||Forward Arts is a multi-generational collective of youth, artists, and educators who are committed to providing learning opportunities in Southeastern Louisiana.||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Vision and Precision" (Sasha Banks)||Sasha Banks is a Pushcart nominated-poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in RHINO, Kinfolks Quarterly, Alight, Poor Claudia, Zocalo Public Square, B O D Y Literature, and The Collagist. She received her MFA at Pratt Institute.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Funny Thing About Branding" (Jonathan Samuel Eddie)||Jonathan Samuel Eddie is a spoken word comedian hailing from Columbus, GA. This alumnus of Georgia Southern University represented the city of Atlanta at the National Poetry Slam competition as a member of the 2012 and 2014 Art Amok Poetry Slam Teams. He was also the 2012 and 2014 Grand Slam Champion at Art Amok. Jonathan was also a member of the 2015 Java Monkey Slam Team (Atlanta), ranking among the top 20 slam teams in the nation that year. At the 2014 and 2015 Southern Fried Regional Poetry Festival, he was among the top 10 individual competing poets. This teaching artist travels the country leading poetry workshops and performing his original work.Jonathan was recognized for his work as an "artivist" as a recipient of a 2013 Spoken Word Gala Community Service Award. With support from Alternate ROOTS, he most recently penned and staged the one man show, Journey Here, which candidly chronicled his life as a writer/performer, black man, teaching artist, and caregiver for his mother, whom was living with Alzheimer's. He published a chapbook of his work entitled "A Whole Notha Kinda Missing" that is available on Amazon. As an actor, he has graced stages in productions such as the world premiere of ACE: The Eugene Bullard Story, Blues For An Alabama Sky, The Foreigner, and Clybourne Park to name a few. He portrays Crispus Attucks in an interactive video display at the African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. As a director, Jonathan has overseen numerous productions, including three of his original works to stage, STIMULUS, Blues For Mama, and WORDS through his company, Yellow Mojo Productions. He has opened up for the likes of comedians such as Bruce Bruce and Earthquake, and was a featured stand up comic at the 2014 Black Box Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. His poetry has been featured on the digital platforms of Write About Now and All Def Poetry. He most recently was a featured performer on "The Golden Mic" hosted by Sunni Patterson on The Congo Television Network. He currently serves as the founder/director of the Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam, an organization that inspires youth to use their creativity as a positive outlet in their daily lives. From his work as a wellness instructor with the Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court and Aaron Cohn Regional Youth Detention Center,he has also designed an effective and fun-filled curriculum that teaches students life skills through creative writing. Students have experienced the benefits of this auxiliary arts education in their intellectual, personal, and social development. Through weekly workshops, poetry slams, national/regional/local performance opportunities, and community service, he’s blessed to watch the future take shape one word at a time.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“The Return of The Real” (Chelsea Lynne Murry)||Chelsea Lynne Murry has been writing poetry for quite a while. (She never keeps count.) She is a Jack of all trades. Chelsea is a teacher, basketball coach, poetry writer, world traveler, and vocalist. Chelsea left her hometown of Houma, Louisiana to pursue her degree in education from Southern University and A&M College, where she graduated with her Bachelor's of Music Education and her Master's in Educational Leadership. While pursuing her degree, she met Poetry Slams, and fell in love. After a two year hiatus to grieve and learn to love again, she is finding solace in foreign places. She was a 2013 and 2016 Women of the World rep and her team was 2017 National Poetry Slam Group Piece Finalists. She is a mother of two four-legged children, LeeLee LeeJohn Lewis and Sir Duke Ellington Murry-Pierre.||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Head of the Class” (Taylor Scott)||Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Taylor Scott is a writer, performance artist, and director. She found a love for performance when she joined the youth spoken word scene in high school through Forward Arts, where she is now a teaching artist. Taylor graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Communications. She received a full-tuition scholarship from UW’s First Wave program, the only collegiate hip hop and spoken word community of its kind in the country. Taylor has graced many stages including the Little Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway, Contacting the World Theatre in Manchester, England, and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. She directed the Bellhops, a Madison-based blues and hip hop theatre ensemble, for two and a half years. In 2014, the Bellhops premiered Honey In My Tea, a 45-minute production that centers the narratives of black women, at the Overture Center for the Arts. The following year, the Bellhops released a 6-track EP, Hero of My Own Tale, which you can find on Bandcamp. Currently, Taylor is a graduate student in LSU’s English program, and is a recipient of the Perkins Fellowship. Her research interest includes global Shakespeare and the performative study of black literary practices/texts.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Family First" (Glori B)||Glori B is the stage name of Austin poet Gloria C. Adams. Adams moved frequently as a child, living in Louisiana, Colorado, Texas, and Florida, but for more than half of her life she has lived in or near Austin, TX. She considers Austin her home...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Comeback Season" (2017 Reflections | 2018 Dreams)||--||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Name Brand | Off Brand” (Neil Hilborn)||Neil Hilborn, a slam poet from Houston, TX, is the most-viewed slam poet on YouTube and his poem, "OCD" is Button Poetry's top viewed video. His poems often detail personal experiences and battles with mental illness or other...||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Plan. Plot. Strategize.” (Sherrie Zantea aka Candy)||Sherrie Zantea (Candy) has been writing and performing poetry for over 20 years. Candy made the 2007 Dallas Poetry Slam Team, and to date has been on 10 teams, the first woman to coach 6 and she is the current Executive Director of the...||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“WRITEous Intent” (A Scribe Called Quess)||Content Advisory – Rape and Police Brutality||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit114.1: Call & Response: Part II of Call Out Culture (Minisode)||--||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Moving Parts" (Cecily Schuler)||Cecily Schuler is a writer, performer and teaching artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. They repped Seattle Poetry Slam in 2014, coached Union Square Slam’s inaugural team in 2016, and are the 2016 Vox Pop Individual Slam Champion. Their work is...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"The Big Reveal" (Matthew "Cuban" Hernandez)||Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez is an international poet, teaching artist and Slam (poetry) coach from Jacksonville, Florida. Hernandez founded Shattered Thought, a youth poetry slam and mentoring organization that eventually contracted with the Duval...||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"CopyWRITE" (Bill Moran)||Bill Moran is a third-year MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University and a former medic. He was the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion; has performed and taught poetry throughout the US, Australia, and Southeast Asia; and served...||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Origin Points" (Sunni Patterson)||More than a poet, more than a singer, more than an emcee--it's not just what she says, it's how she says it. Emerging from the musical womb that is New Orleans, artist and visionary Sunni Patterson combines the heritage and tradition of her Native...||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Razor Sharp Words" (Giddy Perez)||Giddy Perez is a nationally touring spoken-word poet and teaching artist originally from Brooklyn, New York. Some of her competition accolades include ranking 10th in the world at the Women of the World Individual Poetry Slam in 2014 and placing...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit109.1: "Calling In Call Out Culture" (Minisode)||--||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Lesson Plan: Building Youth Spoken Word Culture (Anna West & Sue Weinstein)||Anna West Anna West is a doctoral student in the English Department at LSU, where she concentrates in the area of critical youth studies, poetry, and performance. She was the founding director of WordPlay Writing Project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and...||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Grace Under Fire" (Arvind Nandakumar)||Arvind Nandakumar is no one of consequence. A child of Forward Arts located in Baton Rouge, La, Arvind has competed at the International Brave New Voices Festival. He has also competed at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2017...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Poetry Economics 101: A Primer" (Ashlee Haze)||Ashlee Haze is a poet and spoken word artist from Atlanta by way of Chicago. Earning the nickname “Big 30" because of her consistency in getting a perfect score, she is one of the most accomplished poets in the sport of poetry slam. She has been a...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBreaking BARriers (G Yamazawa)||National Poetry Slam Champion. Cultural Diplomat for the Department of State. Kundiman Fellow, Team Backpack certified. G YAMAZAWA has been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, PBS, and has toured over 200 universities both domestic and internationally. With...||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Star of the StageSlay" (Ebony Stewart)||Ebony Stewart is a touring performance arts spoken word poet and active artist in the Central Texas slam poetry scene and theater arts community for over ten years. She has coached Austin Neo Soul and Austin Poetry Slam, finishing 1st and 5th at the...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Ridin' for the Region" (Lino Anunciacion)||Lino Anunciacion is a Texas-transplant spoken word artist based in Bryan, Texas. He serves as President of Mic Check Poetry, a 501(c)3 non-profit poetry organization, and Director of Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival, the largest...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"The Most Known Unknown" (iCon)||By definition, an “icon” is usually a symbol or an image that stands for or represents something other than itself. As an artist, SHA'CONDRIA "iCON" SIBLEY stands for and represents for those who are oftentimes marginalized and whose voices are...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"The Ivory Tower...The Ivy Tower...or Wherever" (Clint Smith III)||Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship with research...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDrawl'in For All Y'all (Pilot)||Drawl is a weekly podcast about Southern poets by Southern poets. Follow along as we feature poetry performances, conversations with poets, and lots of laughs in between. Hosted by Desireé Dallagiacomo and Donney Rose also known as Donney Rose...||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
10/10 would recommend.
This podcast is so so important. There are so many amazing conversations that poets AND non-poets need to hear. Very grateful for how real they keep it on the podcast. Everyone can learn something from listening. Keep it going!
I love it!! Thanks for creating this podcast. It is hilarious, and keep up the good work!
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I would find Donney and Desireé inviting and professional on this podcast even if they weren’t my friends. Listening to these episodes, I feel like I’m entering the middle of a deeply informed, ongoing conversation that D&D are always having in and off the air. Plus, I’m stealing all the ideas for my classes!