PAST AND PRESENT: We’re with the voices in protest on the streets and on this playlist created by DJ DUBSIX in solidarity. Let these powerful black singers and musicians, artists and writers, leaders and revolutionaries inspire and fortify us on this journey to make a difference.

(Who’s here? Nina Simone and James Baldwin, Barack Obama and Billie Holiday, and more!)

DJ DUBSIX

DJ DUBSIX was born and raised in Queens, NYC. He mixed cassette tapes as a child, dropped needles to grooves as a teen, and now curates soundscapes that engage both the body and the mind. His musical selections tell stories and fill dance floors—and are why people say he is the “music man.” Remember to wear your dancing shoes and be ready to embrace your inner rebel when DJ DUBSIX is juggling tunes. He is about musical revolution using the 1s and 2s.

Find his playlists here and here and here. Contact him at doublesix98@gmail.com.

November 2020 Dark Tower Reading Preview

Join us for the Eleventh Annual Dark Tower Reading featuring a phenomenal lineup of poets and writers of color. You won’t want to miss this tradition of insightful and compelling literary voices at the mic. Ru Freeman, author and curator extraordinaire, will emcee this celebration of light. Dancing shoes required with DJ DubSix at the turntable!

Benjamin Garcia

Benjamin Garcia is a Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Educator in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He had the honor of being the 2017 Latinx Scholar at the Frost Place, 2018 CantoMundo Fellow at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow. His first collection, THROWN IN THE THROAT (Milkweed Editions, Fall 2020), was selected for the 2019 National Poetry Series by Kazim Ali. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in: The Missouri Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, and Best New Poets 2018. Find him on twitter: @bengarciapoet

Cleyvis Natera

Cleyvis Natera is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from New York University. She is a 2019-2020 PEN America Writing For Justice Fellow. She is a recipient of the 2019 Carol Houck Smith Returning Contributor Award in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is a fiction fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Cleyvis received merit based writing scholarships to the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the VONA Voices Foundation. Cleyvis is hard at work on her first novel, “Neruda on the Park.”

Nicole Shawan Junior

Nicole Shawan Junior is a black, queer & justice-involved counter-storyteller. Her writing appears in Lambda Literary’s anthology EmergeGay MagZoraThe Feminist WireColor BloqFor Harriet, and more. A Bread Loaf & Hurston/Wright alum, Nicole’s received literary residencies and fellowships from various arts organizations including Hedgebrook, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Lambda Literary, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. Nicole’s completing Cracked Concrete: A Memoir of Crackheads, Cousins & Crime. She’s the creator of both the Roots. Wounds. Words. Writing Workshop & COUNTERpult – a Brooklyn-based reading series that centers the narratives of QT/BIPoC storytellers. Learn more about Nicole at www.NicoleShawanJunior.com. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @NicoleShawanJunior and on Twitter @NicoleShawan.

Irvin Weathersby

Irvin Weathersby is a Brooklyn-based writer and professor of literature and creative writing from New Orleans. He has published three biographies in Notable Black American Men, Book II and written for Esquire, The Atlantic, EBONY, Killens Review, and other outlets. In 2019, he was named the Bernard O’Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He has earned degrees in English, Education, and Creative Writing from Morehouse College, Morgan State University, and the New School. Before joining the faculty at Queensborough Community College, he was the education coordinator at a reentry program in the South Bronx and Harlem.

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