The BreakBeat Poets: A Night of Poetry and Performance

Join us for a virtual poetry reading and performance by The BreakBeat Poets on February 18th at 6pm. Idris Goodwin, Alexa Patrick, Lisa Marie Rollins, and Marcus Wicker will be performing - and you can purchase their books and the anthologies they’re featured in through this page! Register for the Zoom here:

About the Poets: Idris Goodwin is an award winning break-beat poet, playwright, and director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co-written with nico wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins, and the play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. He’s appeared on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel. His plays include And In This Corner Cassius ClayHow We Got OnHype Man, and This is Modern Art. Idris is the co-host The Same Old New School Podcast on Vocalo Radio.

Alexa Patrick is a singer and poet from Connecticut. Alexa is a Cave Canem Fellow and 2019 Head Coach of the D.C. Youth Slam Team. She has held teaching positions through Split This Rock, The University of the District of Columbia, and the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University. She has also coached the slam teams of American University and George Washington University for the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. Alexa is an open mic host at Busboys and Poets, and has performed at The Schomburg Center and the Kennedy Center. You may find Alexa's work in publications including The QuarryCRWN Magazine, and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic.

Lisa Marie Rollins is a poet, playwright, director, and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Colorado College. She is a Sundance Institute Theatre Lab fellow (Directing), a Directors Lab West member, and associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Regional directing and dramaturg work include Hedgebrook Women’s Play Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, American Conservatory Theatre MFA program (ACT-SF), Playwright Foundation, TheatreFirst, Berkeley Repertory Theater (Ground Floor), Shotgun Players, Custom Made Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, TheatreWorks Colorado Springs; new plays by Lauren Gunderson, Geetha Reddy, Idris Goodwin, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Jessica Huang, and creative collaborations with comedic artists W. Kamau Bell and Zahra Noorbakash. She has been a writing fellow with Hedgebrook, Djerassi, SF Writers Grotto, CALLALOO London, VONA, Just Theater Play Lab, and Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. She holds an M.A. from Claremont Graduate University in Cultural Studies and an M.A. from University of California, Berkeley in African Diaspora Studies. She is a “Bay Brilliant” artist honoree from San Francisco’s KQED and received a Wallace Gerbode Special Award in the Arts in 2019. She is currently a resident artist with Crowded Fire Theater and Artist-in-Residence at BRAVA Theater for Women in San Francisco.

Marcus Wicker is the author of Silencer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017)—winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award—and Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial, 2012), selected by D.A. Powell for the National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, as well as fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Cave Canem. Wicker’s poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Poetry, American Poetry Review and elsewhere. He is Poetry Editor of Southern Indiana Review, and an associate professor of English at the University of Memphis where he teaches in the MFA program.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:00pm
The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic Cover Image
By Jamila Woods (Editor), Mahogany L. Browne (Editor), Idrissa Simmonds (Editor)
ISBN: 9781608468577
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 17th, 2018

Other Words For Grief Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635345407
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Finishing Line Press - July 13th, 2018

Maybe the Saddest Thing: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062191014
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 23rd, 2012

The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop Cover Image
By Kevin Coval (Editor), Quraysh Ali Lansana (Editor), Nate Marshall (Editor)
ISBN: 9781608463954
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 7th, 2015