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WLT Off the Beaten Craft: "Into the Wild: Embracing the Interdisciplinary Art Practice" with Faylita Hicks

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9/17/2020 From 8:00 PM CDT to 9:30 PM CDT

Introducing an exciting new series: WLT Off the Beaten Craft. A few times a year, the Writers' League of Texas will host a free presentation from an author who knows their stuff, focused on a genre, form, or topic that we don't often get to talk about. These "Off the Beaten Craft" presentations are free and open to all.


About the Event

In this session, we will learn more about what it means to be an interdisciplinary artist, explore key works from contemporaries that successfully bridge two or more art forms, and consider the nonlinear path to interdisciplinary practice.

Other artists to be discussed include Claudia Rankine, Terrance Hayes, Jesse Krimes, Natalie Bookchin, Percival Everett, Dwayne Betts, Vanessa Angélica Villareal, Sherrill Roland, CA Conrad, Jamila Woods, FKA Twigs, Rebecca Solnit, Tyhembia Jess, and Daniel McCarthy Clifford.

About the Presenter

Faylita Hicks (she/her/they) is a poet, essayist, and interdisciplinary artist. The former Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and a 2020-2022 Texas Touring Artist, they are the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize, and the 2019 Julie Suk Award.

Hicks is the 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam and a member of the 2007 and 2008 Neo Soul Poetry Slam team. Since 2013, she has been an artist on the roster for hip-hop collective Grid Squid Entertainment, releasing her first Hip Hop EP, Collision City in 2015, and her third spoken word album ONYX in June 2019. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo act since 2007, performing in venues such as Chicago's The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Busboys and Poets, and the Nuyorican Poets Café, across 30+ states, as well as in Jamaica and Canada. The founder and creative director of event production company Arrondi Creative Productions, Hicks was awarded the San Marcos Arts Commission Grant for her monthly showcase and pop-up art event series, SMTX Ripple Market, in 2017 and 2019. Hicks's photography and short-films have been exhibited in Texas State University's Common Experience Gallery, Houston's Insomnia Gallery, the San Marcos 72-Hour Film Festival, and the 2018 BLERD Festival in New Orleans, LA.

They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Tin House, Lambda Literary, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Right of Return USA, the first fellowship designed exclusively for previously incarcerated artists.

Their poetry, essays, interviews, performances, and photography have been featured in or are forthcoming in Adroit, American Poetry Review, Brave New Films, the Cincinnati Review, The Cut, Electric Lit, F(r)iction, Frontier Poetry, HuffPost, Kenyon Review, Lonestar Lit, Longreads, Palette Poetry, PBS Independent Lens, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Poets and Writers, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Slate, Texas Observer, Texas Monthly, Vice, VIDA Review, and others.

Hicks received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University and is currently working on a multi-media project about pretrial criminal policy reform in the Southwest.

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Hope to "see" you there!