Aziza Barnes

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Aziza Barnes is an American poet.[1] They are the author of the chapbook me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun (2013), which won an Exploding Pinecone Prize from Button Poetry.[2] Their full-length collection, i be but i ain’t (2016), won a Pamet River Prize from YesYes Books.[3] They are the cofounder of the Poetry Gods podcast and the co-founder of The Conversation Literary Festival.[4][5] Barnes wrote the play BLKS that played at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.[6] Their upcoming collection, The Blind Pig will be released by Not A Cult media.[7]

Education[edit]

Barnes received their B.A from the New York University at the Tisch School of the Arts.[8] They received their MFA from the University of Mississippi.[9]

Awards[edit]

  • 2015 Winter Tangerine Award[10][11]
  • 2013 NYU Grey Art Gallery Prize for Radical Presence
  • Emerging Poets fellowship at Poets House[12]
  • Cave Canem Fellow[13]

Slam poetry[edit]

Barnes frequently performs slam poetry and has performed at the Da Poetry Lounge, Urban Word NYC, PBS News Hour and Nuyoricans Poets Cafe.[14]

BLKS[edit]

BLKS centers around the story of four black millennial friends, Octavia, June, Ry and Imani, who share a New York City apartment.[15] The play has been determined a "comedic social realism" and is a "Day in the Life" style of work.[16] The production has been compared to the TV Show Girls.[17] BLKS was originally their final thesis project at NYU.[18]

Actors Nora Carroll (Octavia), Leea Ayers (June), Danielle Davis (Ry) and Celeste M. Cooper (Imani) performed in the Steppenwolf's Theatre Company's rendition of BLKS.[16][19] The show was directed by Nataki Garrett and artistic director Anna D. Shapiro. The show debuted on December 18, 2017,[20] and ran through January 28, 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Barnes is a queer black poet.[16] They are originally from Los Angeles.[14] Barnes was born with a polycystic ovary and as such grows facial hair. They use they/their/them pronouns.[16]

Barnes currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "5 Poems - [PANK]". [PANK]. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  2. ^ "Aziza Barnes". Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-08-23.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "YesYes Books | Home | Product Page". YesYes Books | Home. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  4. ^ "The Vernacular Music of Aziza Barnes' i be but i ain't". Electric Literature. 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  5. ^ "The Next Generation of Black Poets: Cave Canem Fellows and Friends | African American Poetry & Poetics | University of Pittsburgh". www.caapp.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  6. ^ "Robert O'Hara Will Direct New York Premiere of Aziza Barnes' BLKS | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  7. ^ "Aziza Barnes, Author at Not a Cult". Not a Cult. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  8. ^ Lichtenstein, Jesse (2018-08-12). "How Poetry Came to Matter Again". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  9. ^ Barnes, Aziza (2016-08-19). "Aziza Barnes". Aziza Barnes. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  10. ^ "The Conversation". Winter Tangerine. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  11. ^ "My Dad Asks "How Come Black People Can't Just Write About Flowers?"". Winter Tangerine. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  12. ^ "Neyat Yohannes on "i be, but i ain't," by Aziza Barnes". VAGABOND CITY. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  13. ^ "Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015 — Lauren Russell | VIDA: Women in Literary Arts". www.vidaweb.org. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  14. ^ a b "A Queer Black Poet's Quest for Liberation". Vice. 2017-06-03. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  15. ^ Lola, Candice (2018-01-12). "Aziza Barnes' "BLKS" Delivers a Gorgeous Snapshot of Real Life That You'd Better Not Miss". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  16. ^ a b c d Hayford, Justin. "Aziza Barnes's BLKS needs to take itself more srsly". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  17. ^ Vitello, Barbara (2017-12-20). "20-somethings negotiate friendship, intimacy in Steppenwolf's uneven 'BLKS'". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  18. ^ "Poet And Playwright Aziza Barnes Brings 'BLKS' To Steppenwolf". WBEZ. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  19. ^ Tube, Stage. "VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with BLKS Playwright Aziza Barnes". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  20. ^ Tube, Stage. "VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with BLKS Playwright Aziza Barnes". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  21. ^ "Issue Twenty: A Conversation with Aziza Barnes | The Adroit Journal". The Adroit Journal. Retrieved 2018-08-23.