Conney D. Williams reads in Fallbrook May 8
Writers Read Presents
Conney D. Williams
Reading from his new poetry collection
Blues Red Soul FalsettoPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook Enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.
Conney D. Williams is a Los Angeles based poet, actor and performance artist, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, where he worked as a radio personality. Conney’s first collection of poetry, Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet, was published in 2002.
His new collection, Blues Red Soul Falsetto, was published in December 2012. New York Times bestselling author Michael Datcher described the collection as “a haunting interrogation of the African-American sojourn in the land that helps to hyphenate his name. These poems ruminate on fatherhood, foreign policy, failure and F.E.M.A., with the subtle lyricism of a poet comfortable with the high notes and familiar with the moans of life's low-end register. In particular, the poems on Hurricane Katrina are devastating. With this stunning volume of poetry, Conney Williams double-dares you to look away. A dare you can't win.”
The following is an excerpt from Blues Red Soul Falsetto, which will be available for sale and signing.
Noah unexpectedyou my fifth gospel; writing yourself into my life, when I thought books in my canon were complete. Your prophetic gibberish is the vocabulary of kinship; you dispense redemption in saliva stained kisses; place my palm and fingers underneath your splinter less torso; I hold you Calvary close; you wear olive tinted skin, smoother than chasm that exists between heaven and sincere prayer; at dawn, I wake myself to smell holiness on your breath; stare me down with eyes void of sin, as though I was last apostle; they seal my heart from corruption, then resurrect parent in me thought deceased. your birth is my atonement, and I love you as though I was virgin
Conney is also the Artistic Director at the World Stage in Leimert Park, and a member and current coordinator for the Anansi Writers Workshop. His has collaborated with artist Charles Bibbs on the production of WordArt, a monthly event of poetry, jazz, and visual art. He has hosted several poetry venues and been a curator for many poetry/jazz events throughout Los Angeles.
A bistro supper is available; for supper reservations, call 760-728-3350. For more reading information, contact Kit-Bacon Gressitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-522-1064.