Meet Holly Bass — National Poetry Month Featured Poet for April 9th
HOLLY BASS is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Her work has been presented at spaces such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, the Seattle Art Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach (Project Miami Fair) and the South African State Theatre. Her visual art work spans photography, installation, video and performance and can be found in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the DC Art Bank, as well as private collections. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies
She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As an arts journalist early in her career, she was the first to put the term “hip hop theater” into print in American Theatre magazine. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival. A gifted and dedicated teaching artist, she currently directs year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services as well as facilitating workshops nationally and internationally.
This next one may be the greatest poetry video ever. Seriously, drop everything you are doing and watch The Furious Dance!
Coffee House TV — From the Internet Archive. There are a number of Holly Bass videos on this page.
“The Weary Blues”, a re-creation of the famous 1958 Langston Hughes/Charles Mingus collaboration, by Charley Gerard. Holly Bass, as Langston Hughes, Charley Gerard, alto saxophone, Chris Royal, trumpet, Pepe González, bass, Lenny Robinson, drums, Steve Herberman, guitar, Carl Banner, piano. (February 12 podcast interview of Holly and Charley by the Poetry Foundation: “Poetry Off the Shelf”)
UNDERGROUND (MP3 Audio File)