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Workshop: Spoken Word and The Recording Academy with Faylita Hicks
Workshop: Spoken Word and The Recording Academy with Faylita Hicks

Thu, Sep 15



Workshop: Spoken Word and The Recording Academy with Faylita Hicks

An unofficial insider’s guide to the newest music category eligible for a GRAMMY.

Time & Location

Sep 15, 2022, 6:00 PM CDT


About the event

Description: Faylita Hicks, author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019) and a voting member of the Recording Academy since 2021, and a special guest will talk about the history of the spoken word category, walk folx through the submission process, discuss how the nomination for membership process works, and offer insight on the infamous voting process.

Registration: To fulfill TORCH's mission, workshops are open to participants who identify as Black women and women of color. Email contact @ with the subject line "Spoken Word and The Recording Academy" to register. The deadline to register is Sept. 9th

Max Participants: 10 

Cost: Free 

Faylita Hicks (she/they) is a queer Afro-Latinx activist, writer, and interdisciplinary artist. Born in South Central California and raised in Central Texas, they use their intersectional experiences to advocate for the rights of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people. They are the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry. They are the Editor-in-Chief of Black Femme Collective and a new voting member of the Recording Academy. Hicks is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from Black Mountain Institute, the Tony-Award winning Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Civil Rights Corps, The Dots Between, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Lambda Literary, Texas After Violence Project, Tin House, and the Right of Return USA. Their poetry, essays, and digital art have been published in or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Ecotone, Kenyon Review, Longreads, Poetry, Slate, Texas Observer, Yale Review, amongst others. Their personal account of their time in pretrial incarceration in Hays County is featured in the ITVS Independent Lens 2019 documentary, “45 Days in a Texas Jail,” and the Brave New Films 2021 documentary narrated by Mahershala Ali, “Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem.” Hicks received a BA in English from Texas State University-San Marcos and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University. Visit their website and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and on Substack.

Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit 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 Toi Derricotte, 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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