National Black Writers' Conference: "The Influence of Race and Politics on Literary Narratives"--Panel Participant
F220. The World Turned Upside Down: Hamilton, An American Musical. (Judith Baumel, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Victorio Reyes, Stephen O'Connor) The smash Broadway hit Hamilton has been rightly called a game changer. Borrowing from Charles Chesnutt, Lin-Manuel Miranda uses the world turned upside down as an image for the revolution, reversal, and subversion of political and artistic norms. Here, in the capital city, which Hamilton envisioned, Martha Southgate will introduce poets, fiction writers, and playwrights who discuss what’s new and what’s old in the show—its hip-hop poetics, music/ lyric sampling, imagery, narrative, staging, and more.
Room 102B: Washington Convention Center, Level One
Our evening begins with readings and conversations from 2016 Sula's Room fellows Shahnaz Habib, Mira Jacob, Danielle Jackson and Jacqueline Jones LaMon. Readings will be followed by a short panel discussion on failure, invisibility, and tips for navigating the literary matrix.
Sponsored by Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform, and Sula's Room, a literary service organization that supports New York-based women writers of color through residencies and community-oriented programming.
Free and Open to the Public: Liberty Hall
Less is More...Or Maybe Not: Writers on Exaggeration and Understatement
Poet Jacqueline Jones LaMon (Last Seen) and novelist Andrew Lewis Conn (O, Africa!) consider the ways in which exaggeration and understatement enhance storytelling. Speaking as writers, they share the joys and hazards of pushing language, imagery and narrative to the limits. As readers, they share favorite moments in the works of others: skillful use of repetition, caricature, parody; effective use of stripped-down language, imagery that cloaks and suggests rather than tells, and more. Q&A moderated by Barnes & Noble's Stacy Leigh.
Lorca tells us that the artist is possessed by duende, a malign spirit that burns the blood like powdered glass. This panel (Oliver de la Paz, Sandra Beasley, Mahogany Brown, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, and Danielle Barnhart) asks if poets can or should summon duende at will. Is it fleeting and ephemeral, or can it be harnessed as an instrument of craft? Five poets who have written about and with duende share their experiences invoking the dark, elusive creative force. We promise fiery exchanges on this evocative subject.
Barnes & Noble Presents: A Way to Remember and to Forget: Writing as Recall and Release
It is easy to think of writers as harnessing personal experiences and putting them to work for their craft. Memory and experience, however, can prove powerful, tricky--more to be navigated or negotiated than simply used. Authors Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Hirsh Sawhney and Jonathan Corcoran share how personal recollection has enriched their writing.
So excited that one of my short plays, PLAYING THE SOUNDTRACK ON BLAST, will be performed on opening night (Wednesday, August 26th, at 6:30 p.m.) of the Conscious Artist Summit! Here are the details:
An evening of live theater and music with refreshments provided by local restaurants and breweries, the Conscious Artist Summit is a gathering for artists to drink, celebrate our successes, and engage in lively discussion around the future efforts of conscious art.
With a Special Performance of:
PLAYING THE SOUNDTRACK ON BLAST by Jacqueline Jones LaMon
Directed by Alex Mallory
Featuring: Ryan F Johnson and Annalisa Ledson
Want to join us? Click here for tix:
(Enter "artist12" for $12 tickets. It's like saying, "Jaci sent me!" :-)
"Second Acts: Creative Writing as a Second Career" --Panel, Bridgett M. Davis, Moderator
Toli Nameless (trombone/voice/percussion)
Tecla Esposito (keys/voice)
Aissa Arorryo-Hill (voice/guitar/programming)
Jacqueline Jones LaMon (poetry)
All are welcome to attend. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. No reservations are required. Free-will offering.