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Free Verse: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

“Here it is: a dope jam of dictions; a remixed, multicultural, polyphonic dance of vocabularies; a language of high stakes, hi-jinx, and hybridity. TwERK is subversive, vulnerable, and volatile.” —Terrance Hayes

Writer and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs presents poems, songs, and myths from her acclaimed debut book TwERK, featuring work concerned with popular media and history, code-switching, and cultural inclusivity. “Diggs’s work is truly hybrid: languages and modes are grafted together and furl out insistently from each bound splice” (PoetryFoundation.org).

Free Verse is copresented by Rain Taxi Review of Books.

About the Artist

Diggs is the author of four chapbooks and the album Televisíon. Her work has been published in journals such as Nocturnes, Ploughshares, Fence, The Black Scholar, and jubilat, and her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Kitchen, Exit Art, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. As a vocalist, she has worked with the likes of Vernon Reid, Akilah Oliver, Mike Ladd, Edwin Torres, Elliot Sharp, DJ Logic, Vijay Iyer, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. As an independent curator, she has directed literary/musical/theatrical events at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Schomburg Research Center for Black Culture, BAM Café, Dixon Place, and El Museo del Barrio. A native of Harlem, she is the cofounder (with writer Greg Tate) of yoYO/SO4 Magazine.


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