Tuesday, February 21, 2006

February 20-25th - week of spoken word, poetics education, and performance

Another week in the life of Tammy the producer/poet/performer: just wrapped up a great event at the RMT (Rose Marine Theater)--"Carnival de Palabras" with capoeira, spoken word, body painting, and visual art. It was a great night and lots of fun, even though the weather and road conditions threatened to keep people from coming out. But we had an audience, lots of folks even drove from Dallas, not to mention our featured performers who drove in Saturday morning from Austin!

Tomorrow, I'm off to Dallas to teach three workshops as part of the Highland Park High School Literary Festival. They're bringing in some pretty established writers, and I'm impressed with how they've organized this festival. For the next two days--that's tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22nd and Thursday, February 23rd, EVERY student in the school will have an opportunity to choose from over 20 different workshops. Should be fun. More info on the Festival here.

Oh, then there's my featured reading at the University Drive (in FW) Barnes & Noble bookstore. I think it starts around 7pm--Saturday, February 25th. Will (hopefully) be touting my new publication, NORTH TEXAS NERUDA LOVE, an anthology of tribute writings in honor of Pablo Neruda. The book should have been out last month, but Mercury was retrograde, and the printer's schedule must be haywired. Last I've heard the book is "at the bindery..."

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Lucha Corpi, Chicana lit elder, in FW today!

Lucha Corpi, born in Mexico, emigated with her husband to the Bay Area in 1965, and five years later divorced him. From there on out, Lucha created a world for herself that involved sociopolitical transformation, literary expression, and academic achievements. By 1970, she--armed with a Master's in Comparative Lit from San Francisco State University--assumed the position of Coordinator for the Chicano Studies Library at the University of California at Berkeley. Wow. Overcoming a language barrier, as well as social stigmas that kept Mexican women out of the public realm, Lucha truly reinvented herself in the United States. An inspiring example, certainly, for women everywhere.

Today, Wednesday, February 8th, she will offer a reading of her poetry at the Rose Marine Theater (1440 N. Main Street in N. FW), from 4pm to 5pm. Call 817-624-8333 for more info.

And tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th, Lucha will present a talk on-campus at TCU, in the Kelly Alumni Center. That begins at 7pm. Free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served.

Lucha Corpi has received several awards for her work, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Prize in Fiction, and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Book Award of Excellence in Adult Fiction. Her popular mystery novel series introduced the first Chicana detective, Gloria Damasco, as a recurring character.

For more background on Lucha Corpi, check out this great interview.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Capoeira da rua website

Please check out this website for more information on the group which will be traveling up from Austin to perform capoeira and spoken word on Saturday, February 18th, at the Rose Marine Theater, here in the 817.

Sound Culture presents _ Capoeira & Spoken Word & Art _ Save the Date!! February 18th.

[Guess I should tell you that Sound Culture is my production name, for events and some media things I create.]

February 18th - that's a Saturday
7:30pm in the evening

1440 N. Main
(5 minutes north of downtown FW)
for only 5 bucks

Featuring Spoken Word and Capoeira stylings


Da'Shade Moonbeam
Enrique Cabrera

(They have just performed as part of Fronterafest--the renowned Austin theater festival--and were selected as 'Best of Week" in January 2006. They've also been doing sets of their "Martial Poetry" in and around Austin, where they are currently based.)


Visual art show with Brazilian painter Solange Mariel in the Rose Marine Theater Gallery.

Solange's show "CAMINHADA" (Journey) will be her first solo show in Fort Worth.


parade of Carnival headdresses
samba sounds
history of capoeira documentary film
eats & drinks
art workshop with Solange Mariel & Sandra Beamon


a chance to join a capoeira roda (pronounced "ho-rrah") onstage!

fmi: Tammy Gomez at 817.924.9188 or sound_culture@hotmail.com

You have to check out Capoeira da rua and Xenogia's DaShade Moonbeam. Not only is he a high-ranking and -scoring slam poet at the National level, but he is a most amazing capoeirista. And I guess I too have a soft spot for any guy who's worked for Planned Parenthood. Yeah, i said it, Planned Parenthood. Now, that's sexy.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Where have i been? Guys, i've been birthing a book!!

Yes, it's taken forever and a few minutes, but the whole shebang (cover art, the guts--manuscript--, and our money) is at the printer's. We're only like 6 months behind deadline, that's all. The book, oh yeah, you don't know the title, is NORTH TEXAS NERUDA LOVE. It's an anthology of essays, testimonies, poems--all original work, ya'll--by Metroplex writers. This book is gonna be great, I mean, it is great, but once you see it I hope you'll be as excited as I am about it. Anyway, that's why I have been so (mostly) underground for the past three months or so. I've deprioritized my own work, performing, mopping my floors, painting the house, etc. Now that the thing is outta my hands--it's at the printer's and he says maybe the book'll be bound and boxed by Friday, Feb.10th--I feel like I finally have my life back. So what do I do? I go to the bookstore and buy an industry mag on print design...i guess i'm jonesing for my next publishing project.

Well, the Jan-Feb 06 issue of PRINT magazine is actually pretty cool and its cover story is on the re-emergence of photography--as both an art form and career--in Afghanistan since the "fall" of the Taliban in 2001.

I hope that you'll be reading more from me, more often this year. We shall see....