Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents:
THE GREAT BEYOND open reading
Ryan Scott Nance
Bring your poems, prose, very short stories..etc.
But remember that the limit is 5 minutes.
Conney will be reading from his new book, and will have them available for purchase and signing!
Sign ups begin at 1:45 PM
CONNEY D. WILLIAMS is a Los Angeles based poet, actor and performance artist originally from Shreveport, Louisiana where he worked a radio personality. He has one previous collection of poetry “Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet (2002).” His poetry has also been published in various publications and anthologies, Voices from Leimert Park; America: At the End of the Day; and The Drumming Between Us. He has appeared on stage and television. He has a passion for writing has performed his poetry on television, radio, galleries, universities/schools, coffee houses, and stages around Southern California and across the country; including the Black Arts Festival. He is a community activist and has worked with youth for over 25 years. He is formerly an ordained minister and Youth Pastor in the Church of God in Christ. He hosted a weekly cable television bible study and also recorded a gospel rap cd called L.I.F.E (1985). He is the Artistic Director at the World Stage in Leimert Park; and is a member and current Coordinator for the Anansi Writers Workshop. This workshop at the World Stage has produced some the most respected African American writers in the country. 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. He has been the Poet’s Stage Coordinator for the Leimert Park Book Fair for five of its six-year existence.
"Conney Williams' collection Blues Red Soul Falsetto is 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."
author of New York Times Bestseller “Raising Fences”
RYAN SCOTT NANCE hasn't ever been to Turkey, not once. Nor ever to Saint Peter's Basilica. Never has he made a living selling potatoes. There was a time when he did travel, but that time has passed. There was a moment, a decade ago, when the faint smell of mildew in the stacks of the Butler Library was reward enough. There will be a day, in the not too far-off tomorrows, when he will try to use whatever it is he has at hand to make you happy. Today is not that day. In the meantime, he has poems (appearing in The Diagram, Drunken Boat, Mantis, Literary Imagination, Red China Magazine and Graffiti Rag) that he has written in hopes they will feel good on your tongue and he has websites he hopes will let you do what you want to do and finds a lot of the things in the world fascinating.