LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

A writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at the Brooklyn Musuem, Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Walker Art Center. As a curator and director, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and El Museo del Barrio and is the co-founder and co-editor of Coon Bidness/SO4 magazine. A native of Harlem, LaTasha is the recipient of numerous awards; of them include New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Fellowship, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, Creative Capital and the Whiting Foundation Literary Award.  Poetry Foundation     Academy of American Poets     

Workshops:  an acronym for tic tacs, a writing workshop of sorts

By alternating between what makes us comfortable and uncomfortable, we have learned that the act of writing is infused with a host of curiosities, missteps, humor, allure, recoveries and occasional foul breath.  It is silence that often rides our backs as writing companion and yet, it is likely that we are over stimulated – even desensitized - via social media, YouTube, urban development, displacement, etc. There, the questions surface: how does one write in the midst of all this noise?  Can we successfully develop a body of work that speaks to our realities and others in the now?  Here, we will survey local and global news, familial silences, hybrid works written by a selection of poets and performance based artists along with the sacred art of ‘ease-dropping’, negating pronouns and punctuation for generating work and ideas.  Three 2-hour workshop sessions

Talk:  when we curate, we should be cooking

My talk will focus on curation as artistic practice/process and how the act of cooking for the arts community is aligned with the concept of mutual help (kyojo).  One 1-hour talk      

Photo: Willy Somma