Poets Tim Seibles & Yah Lioness Borne, March 20, New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh, PA





 National Book Award Finalist Poet Tim Seibles Reads with Pittsburgh Performance Poet Yah Lioness Borne
Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Human Equity through Art Performance Series, with funding from the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, presents National Book Award finalist poet Tim Seibles and celebrated Pittsburgh performance poet Yah Lioness Borne in the second of its 3-part 2013-2014 performance series, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater.

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Tim Seibles is the author of several poetry collections including Body Moves, Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. His latest, Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award.  A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Tim has been a workshop leader for Cave Canem and the Hurston/Wright Foundation, another organization dedicated to developing black writers. He teaches English and creative writing at Old Dominion University. Read his seminal poem, "One Turn Around the Sun," published in HEArt's relaunch here.

Yah Lioness Borne is a verb, a poem and spoken word artist. A weekly performer at the Crawford Grille and The Shadow Lounge’s Hip Hop Café in 2001, she became a member of BridgeSpotters Collective, Cometry and four super-dope bands. Founder of Big Juicy Records, she has also recorded several EPs. Join the tasty conversation at @Soundcloud.com/yah-lioness-borne & follow @SolSis9BigJuicy. Here's one of HEArt's favorite Yah Lioness' pieces to whet your appetite.

HEArt brings these poets together to read in Pittsburgh as part of its ongoing mission to promote artists as activists and to build a community of citizens who believe in art as a vehicle for social justice and reform. “Tim brings a long history of HEArt support to his reading. His unflinching poetry, which we return to again and again, played a seminal role in HEArt’s 1997-2002 success as a print journal,” says Leslie Anne Mcilroy, Managing Editor of HEArt Online, the nation’s only journal of literature and art devoted to fighting discrimination and promoting social justice.

“Yah Lioness is a truth teller with extraordinary presence and voice. Combining art and music and risk and serious style, she moves the mind from from complacency to riot, riot to an uncompromised hope, simply through her expression of what it means to struggle and love in this world. This performance will be the first in which Yah Lioness presents pieces addressing lgbtq concerns.

Tickets for this revolutionary reading are available online at ShowClix — $9.99 plus a small service fee before the day of the show and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm. with cocktails available.