Readings by CCA alumnae LaTasha Diggs and Hazel White

Presented by the Writers Series (MFA Program in Writing)
October 4, 2013 4:30 pm
Writers’ Studio, San Francisco Campus

195 De Haro at 15th Street
Free and open to the public

More info: David Morini, or 415.551.9237

About LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Writer, vocalist, and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Writing 2008) is the author of TwERK (Belladonna 2013); three chapbooks (Ichi-Ban, Ni-Ban (MOH Press) and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna); and the album, Televisíon.

Her work has been published in Rattapallax, Black Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes, Fence, Ploughshares, The Black Scholar, Jubilat, Tea Party magazine, Mandorla: New Writings from the Americas, and Muck Works to name a few.

Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Kitchen, Exit Art, Recess Activities Inc, The Whitney, and MoMa among others.

As a vocalist, she has worked with the likes of Vernon Reid, Akilah Oliver, Mike Ladd, Butch Morris, Gabri Christa, Shelley Hirsch, Burnt Sugar, Edwin Torres, Elliot Sharp, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Bernard Lang, Vijay Iyer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Marc Cary, Towa Tei, and Guillermo E. Brown.

She has received scholarships, residencies, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Eben Demarest Trust, Harlem Community Arts Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Laundromat Project, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant for Women and the Jerome Foundation and Millay Colony.

As an independent curator and artistic director, LaTasha has copresented and directed literary/musical/theatrical events at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, WBAI, The Schomburg Center for Black Culture, BAM Café, Dixon Place, and El Museo del Barrio.

A native of Harlem, Diggs along with Greg Tate, are the editors of yoYO/SO4 magazine. Diggs was guest faculty at Naropa Institute’s summer writing program in 2013.

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About Hazel White

Hazel White's (Writing 2005) first poetry book, Peril as Architectural Enrichment, was a finalist for the 2011 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Best Book of the Year Award.

She has written 12 books on gardening and landscape design, has collaborated on-site-responsive works with other poets, artists, and architects, and is an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

White read from her work at the MFA Program in Writing's tenth anniversary celebration in 2011. Watch the video »