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Breaking Water: An Evening of Poetry & Storytelling
Breaking Water: An Evening of Poetry & Storytelling

Thu, Apr 13


The Contemporary - Laguna Gloria

Breaking Water: An Evening of Poetry & Storytelling

In recognition of National Poetry Month and Black Maternal Health Week.

Time & Location

Apr 13, 2023, 7:00 PM CDT

The Contemporary - Laguna Gloria , 3809 West 35th St, Austin, TX 78703

About the event

Torch Literary Arts and Black Mamas ATX proudly present Breaking Water: An Evening of Poetry & Storytelling

Inspired by Wangechi Mutu’s Water Woman, this program will speak to Black women’s physical and mythical connection to water, specifically during and around the process of childbirth. Tova Charles, Jennine "Doc" Krueger, and Qi Dada of Riders Against the Storm will share original poetry along with birth storytellers from Black Mamas ATX. 

Cost: Free

Donations are appreciated and will benefit Torch Literary Arts and Black Mamas ATX. 

Visit Laguna Gloria to reserve your ticket. 


Questions? Email 

Tova Charles is a powerhouse performing spoken word artist who has been taking the slam poetry community by storm since 2008. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana and raised in Austin, Texas, and daughter of a librarian and Zydeco percussionist, her childhood was never boring! She acquired a passion for writing from her mother and for performing from her father. In the spring of 2003, she was inducted into the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., one of the original historically Black national collegiate sororities in the U.S. An award-winning writer and dynamic performer, Tova is mother to two busy children, Harper and Harlem, serves as a primary-level literacy achievement specialist, and is the creative director, CEO, and host of Austin Poetry Slam.

Ghislaine "Qi Dada" Jean has been a creative catalyst in Austin since her arrival in December 2009. As a performing artist, she has traveled the world as half of the award-winning hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm (RAS). She is co-founder of Divine and Conjure Enterprises, a production company focused on empowering audiences through creative programming. In 2016 she won the Austin Under 40 award for Arts, Sports, Media, and Entertainment. As a Spiritual Advisor and Conduit, Ghislaine offers classes on self-actualization (confronting inherited racial distortion, decolonizing the black female psyche, and beyond), where she guides her clients through spiritual transformation.

Jennine “DOC” Krueger is a mother, writer, artivist, public speaker, and educator in Austin, Texas. She has competed in world, national, and local slam poetry competitions. She holds four National Poetry Slam titles. Her poetry and dramatic works have been published in the Santa Fe Literary Review, and the Sierra Nevada Review (as part of the Brian Turner Literary Arts Prize), and her dramatic work has won Best Of Fest five times at Austin’s FronteraFest. She is currently an Instructor of English at Huston-Tillotson University. Jennine has a strong interest in culture and comics and has participated in the National Pop Culture Conference, Wizard World’s Comic Con, the SXSW EDU Conference and Festival, and The Cosplay Poetry Slam at SanJapan.

Black Mamas ATX’s mission is to ensure that Black women survive and thrive before, during, and after childbirth. We envision a world without maternal health disparities. Our goal is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the alarming maternal mortality and morbidity rates among Black mothers in Central Texas.

Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. TORCH has featured work by Colleen J. McElroy, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats.

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