Blended Conversation takes Art & Conversation, examines the world around us through live artists performances and dialogue. Specifically, we seek to discover how our conversations and stories work in relation to each other. Join us this month for a conversation with award-winning artist, poet, activist and educator Suzi Q. Smith. Artists share their own real-life stories in an intimate, relaxed and informal setting. This event will boast artist and audiences from all walks of life who will share real and raw stories from their own lives, so you can expect to come away feeling hopeful, touched and inspired. We will hear about what they’re doing in their communities, how they got to where they are and why it has impacted them in their life.
Blended Conversations - June 2021
This video will premiere on Thursday, June 10 on Pompano Beach Arts Facebook Page.
Suzi Q. Smith is an award-winning artist, activist, and educator who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her forthcoming collection of poems, A Gospel of Bones, will be available from Alternating Current Press in March 2021, and her second collection, Poems for the End of the World, will be available from Finishing Line Press in June 2021. Her chapbook collection, Thirteen Descansos, was published by Penmanship Books in 2015. Suzi co-wrote the dramatic productions How I Got Over: Journeys in Verse, produced by Off Center at the Denver Center for Performing Arts in 2016, and Where We Are From: Freedom is a Constant Struggle, produced by 5280 Arts Coop in 2018.
As a community organizer, Suzi began her career working for a civil rights organization in Denver. She has remained actively involved in serving her community in a number of capacities for over 20 years. Suzi was the first Slammaster of Denver’s Slam Nuba, and she spent 12 years in the poetry slam arena as a coach, organizer, and performer, earning her way to dozens of local, regional, national, and international finals and championships. In addition, she has worked extensively with youth, serving as a Teaching Artist with Youth On Record, and as a coach of Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry Slam, resulting in two international championships. She has served a number of community organizations locally in Denver, including serving as the co-Chair of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs from 2017 until 2020.
Currently, Suzi Q. is at work on her next collection while she continues to teach Creative Writing, all while cultivating a beautiful life.
Blended Conversations - September 2020
Acclaimed actress and poet Rachel Finley joins Eccentrich for Blended Conversations. The award-winner shares three mesmerizing performances with us while discussing her creative inspiration and career journey.
Blended Conversations - August 2020
Our host Eccentrich is joined by poet Sherrika Mitchell for a fun-filled and poignant Blended Conversation that features three outstanding performances of Sherrika’s original poetry.
Blended Conversations - July 2020
Are you ready to laugh? Join Eccentrich as she talks with Comedian FeFe who shares some of her funniest bits throughout this fascinating conversation about life and comic inspiration.
Blended Conversations - June 2020
Join us for a Blended Conversations Virtual Event. In this video we connect with the powerful poet and screenwriter Richard "Byrd" Wilson, as we experience some of his poetry and listen as he shares how his own real-life stories influenced him in his art. You can expect to come away feeling hopeful, touched, and inspired.