SpokenArc is where Arc features work from spoken word artists and critical essays on the craft of spoken word. Online, you will mostly find videos and audio poems that cannot be full experienced on the printed page.
To get an idea how incredible the words, voice, and mind of Brandon truly are, we are proud to share with you his ‘Radical Imagination’.
This video adds beautiful imagery to Brandon’s always beautiful work.
Please watch to the end to appreciate the talented folk who helped create this video, and please pick up the next issue of Arc to see what Brandon has brought together to celebrate what the ‘Islands of Influence’ bring to our poetic world. For Arc 96, Brandon has curated work by Simone Dalton, Canisia Lubrin, Jillian Christmas, and more.
This is a performance by Tawahum Bige of their poem “it’s always bedrock,” included in Arc 92.
Łutselk’e Dene, Plains Cree, Two-Spirit & Nonbinary poet, Tawahum Bige resides on unceded Musqueam/Tsleil-Waututh/Squamish territory. Featured in over 10 lit-journals including Prairie Fire, CV2, Grain, Plenitude and EVENT, their Scorpio- moon-ass poems expose growing, resisting and persisting as a hopeless sadboy on occupied Turtle Island. Tawahum completed KPU’s Creative Writing BA-program and Banff Centre’s first-ever Indigenous Spoken Word Residency.
“When it was decided that the theme issue of Arc this year would deal with Labour, I knew immediately that I wanted to spotlight this poem by Lucia Misch. It reminds us of a time when accomplishment could be purchased with a currency far greater than simple dollars and cents.
Once you have watched Lucia’s performance, you can find a copy of the written version of this poem in the latest issue of Arc Poetry Magazine.”
—Rusty Priske, Spoken Word Editor
Lucia Misch is a writer and performer from the Bay Area. She shares her work on stages ranging from literary festivals to labor union conventions to poetry slams across North America. Her first collection of poetry will be released by Write Bloody North in 2019.
A veteran arts educator, Lucia facilitates writing workshops for youth with WordPlay: Poetry In Schools, as an ArtStarts Poet in Residence, and a teaching artist at creative arts camps along the West Coast. She lives and works on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.