April 2020 - Physical Distancing Intimate Conversations

Updated: Sep 15

Join CD Forum's Curator Dani Tirrell in interviews with artists in the CD Forum family over Instagram Live every Saturday at 3PM Pacific Time.

We can still be social while being physically distant! Follow along on Instagram @CD Forum

Read more about Dani's guests in April 2020, and watch their episodes.

Physical Distancing Intimate Conversations

April 2020

April 4 with Monique Franklin/Verbal Oasis

Monique Franklin (Verbal Oasis), is an activist, poet, performer, scientist, and mother from Seattle. She has been referred to as “The unofficial poet laureate of South Seattle,” “The Billie Holiday of Spoken Word,” as well as “the Verbal Manifestation of Nina Simone’s Soul.” Monique is a 10+ year member of African American Writer’s Alliance and has self-published two volumes of poetry entitled Acoustic Accolades and Erotic Annals of a Poet. She has released two albums of poetry Acoustic Accolades Volume 1 and Hot Summer Nights. She currently co-host and co-produces Afrodisiac Erotic Poetry Show celebrating the diversity and sexuality of people of color. Learn more about this creative soul at www.verbaloasis.com.

Support Monique Franklin At:

Venmo @moniquefranklin360

PayPal paypal.me/moniquefranklin360

Cash App $moniquefranklin360

April 5 with Markeith Wiley

California native Markeith Wiley is a multi-dimensional art maker, who creates out of necessity. His vast movement vocabulary spans a lifetime of influences. As of late this anti-social extrovert dabbles in dance, sound, theater, a combo of all three or none of the above. Wiley has been an arts educator in Seattle for a while now. When they are not in the studio you can find Markeith at Rainier Dance Center in Rainier Beach or on Capitol Hill as a managing artist director at Studio Current or choreographing with both Seattle Childrens Theatre & 5th Avenue Theatre.

Markeith holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and has performed or collaborated with too many national/international artist to name. In the evenings Wiley hosts a DJ event at Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar with fellow music enthusiast Alice Gosti and has started a monthly performance party at Studio Current called SC Sessions. Wiley was a member of the 2014 City Arts Future List & also graced the cover of the magazine in 2016.

Support Markeith Wiley at PayPal: markeithw28@gmail.com

April 11 with Mx. Pucks A'Plenty

Mx. Pucks A'Plenty is the Director of Junk in da Trunk, the Michelle Obama of Burlesque, and Seattle's Own Mxtress of #DirtyGlam! This roguish radical is always ready to ride whether it be behind the scenes or on stage. Spreading their black queer magic where ever they go, Pucks is always in control. Pucks is also the founder and co-producer behind What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival and is the co-producer behind FIERCE! Queer Performing Arts Festival 2020. This producer is known for their solo Puckduction productions and their co productions such as A Brief Puckduction, 4 Leaf Puckduction and Nocturnal Puckduction.

The They/Them/Yas Queen of Burlesques is Mx. Pucks A'Plenty and they have #nopucksgiven.

Support Mx. Pucks A'Plenty at:

Cash App: $pucksaplenty

Paypal: www.paypal.me/Puckduction

April 18 with Naa Akua

Naa Akua, 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence, queer poet, emcee, and Gregory Award winning actor. They are a WITS writer-in-residence at Franklin and Roosevelt High School and a co facilitator for Young Women Empowered Y-WE Lead program.

Support Naa Akua at:

Instagram: @naa_accepts

Cash App: $healinglibra

April 25 with Aviona Rodriguez Brown

Aviona the Creatrix (she/they) is an afrolatinx curvaceous person who bends time and space itself to be involved in the theater. Aviona is a Seattle-based actor, director, model, teaching artist, stage manager, poet, producer, student and social justice leader. As a social justice leader, Aviona is working to begin a detention replacement program that teaches at risk children and adults art therapy. As a teaching artist, Aviona is developing a solo show of self-written poetry which depicts the intersectionality of being multiracial, accepting herself as queer, while dealing with mental illness and drug addiction. After the performance they offer a poetry writing workshop and the opportunity to share in an open mic setting.

Follow them on Instagram @smiling_avi AND @photofocus_avi

Support Aviona Rodriguez Brown at:

Venmo/cash app :@smilingavi

PayPal avibrown1061@gmail.com

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