Premier performances April 27 at 12 am - 11:59pm, Channel 10
recorded at channelAustin Studios, 1143 Northwestern Ave., 78702 (click for map)
This April East x South East (EXSE) returns to channelAustin. Showcasing poets and spoken word artists, EXSE invites bards of all sorts to submit original work to be considered for broadcast. If selected to participate, performers will receive local exposure during an all-day, twenty-four hours showcase on April 27 in celebration of National Poetry Month.
College circles in the 1980's quickly adopted spoken word poetry, starting a new wave of performance arts--one that is powerful, emotional and definitely not shy. More than just rhyming, spoken word uses prose to express love, humanity, inspiration and worldly views. Acting as a present-day soapbox, spoken word artists embrace frank, unedited, unfiltered and often-taboo subjects--something channelAustin has never shied away from.
"All of us here at channelAustin are excited to mark our sixth year of producing EXSE Spoken Word. Karla Saldaña has done an amazing job working with the poet and spoken word artist community to bring together awareness and appreciation for this cultural homage to National Poetry Month, "Executive Director Linda Litowsky says. "To provide this kind of content to the Austin community makes us especially proud."
EXSE Spoken Word takes place every April as a part of National Poetry Month, dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of artistic expression, free speech and poetry, both of new and old forms. With poetry evolving throughout the years--from Edgar Allen Poe to Maya Angelou to Shel Silverstein--channelAustin gathers spoken word artists who speak to the beat of a different poetic drum when sharing their fresh and innovative words.