Every last Wednesday of the month, we take a break from competing with each other and working on competitive performance to sit back, appreciate some music, and write some new shit. (NEW SHIT!)
We pick an album, poets sign up to be randomly assigned a song from that album, and they then compose a new piece inspired by that song, and read it in our Liner Notes showcase!
This month’s album is:
Tracy Chapman, the eponymous social justice classic by one of America’s most important singer-songwriters.
Taylor Bereiter is a queer trans femme poet residing in Olympia, Washington, where she spends her time hiding from the rain inside with her dog and peering out windows to spy on passing strangers. Her work revolves around issues that stem from her identity as a queer trans woman, and deals with themes such as suicide, mental health/depression, street harassment, her relationships with her family, and many others. She has received top honors at multiple poetry slams, was a 2017 Utah Arts Festival Individual Slam finalist and Team Slam finalist, and has performed in coffee houses, churches, universities, on street corners, and at various other venues. She will also be a representative for Olympia at the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado.
Special spotlight feature Dan Evans, a queer-ass bird that flew into the sun until he became it and then returned to earth, does poems and stuff. He has feelings and appreciates others’ feelings and wants everyone to feel feelings together. He also enjoys coffee.