Afua Graham is a poet, writer, musician, and media artist. She began her artistic career in New York performing as a percussionist and was a founding member of the all-female funk/rock band IBIS. She is one of the spoken word pioneers who performed in the ‘80’s on alternative stages like the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Her work has been published in national publications including the Spelman College Scholarly Journal of Women’s Studies, SAGE. Most recently, her interviews with music legends Betty Carter and Nona Hendryx were published in the arts anthology Encyclopedia. She co-produced an award-winning documentary about violence against lesbians entitled JUST BECAUSE OF WHO WE ARE which aired on PBS. Her mixed media installations consisting of photography, video, music, and spoken word, exploring socially relevant topics including immigration, homophobia, and our political future have been exhibited in galleries on both coasts
Marty Correia writes fiction and poetry in the East Village where she has lived with conceptual artist Kate Conroy since 1996. Marty’s work has appeared in The Mailer Review, Omnibus! Anthology, Sinister Wisdom, FUSE, Punk Soul Poet, Lady Business Poetry Anthology, Flock, POST and Cagibi. She ran the Wicked Queer Authors literary series at Dixon Place. Multiple grants funded Marty to produce her NYC reading series A Tribe Called Butch. She is a two-time recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Foundation (LMCC) SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence grant in 2019 and 2020.
As a writing coach and manuscript adviser Marty helps writers dig deep and do their best work. Artists who have most influenced Marty are James Baldwin, Agnes Martin, Led Zeppelin, José Saramago and Gitta Sereny.
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