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Givens Foundation | Black Market Reads

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PRODUCER: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

SEASON TWO - FOUR: Hosted by Lissa Jones

SEASON ONE: BMR was originated by Tana Hargest on behalf of The Givens Foundation, HOSTED BY Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus of Free Black Dirt, and other guest hosts as introduced, MUSIC: Sarah White - Through People [M¥K Remix]

Black Market Reads is made possible through the generous support of our individual donors, Target Foundation, and the voters of Minnesota, through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Dec 1, 2015

If you’re nasty: A Janet Jackson inspired literary salon. With guests Danez Smith, Kamia Watson, Khary Jackson, Sha Cage and Tish Jones.

Recorded in a live performance environment.

Producer: Givens Foundation for African American Literature,

Production services:

BMR Hosts: Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey

Special thanks to Seven Steakhouse & Sushi in Minneapolis for hosting the inaugural salon.


Danez Smith – a Saint Paul native, Danez is a current mentor in the Givens Emerging Writers Program, a winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, a 2014 Ruth Lilly - Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship. 

Sha Cage – Writer/Performer, Givens Writing Fellow, and IVEY AWARD winner for her tour de force performance in grounded last year and her solo work U/G/L/Y.

Khary Jackson – Poet, playwright, dancer, musician, and Cave Canem Fellow.

Kamia Watson – A native of Minneapolis, she writes under the name KamRynnKay

Tish Jones – Spoken Word artist and Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks.

DJ Sarah White will provide the sounds throughout the event.