TORCH Wildfire Reading Series featuring April Walker and Ebony Stewart!

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Torch Literary Arts presents the TORCH Wildfire Reading Series featuring Cave Canem graduate fellow, April Walker, and three-time Austin Slam Champion and author of Love Letters to Balled Fists, Ebony Stewart. Saturday, August 6, 2016 6:00 - Community Open Mic 6:30 – April Walker and Ebony Stewart 7:00 - Q & A FREE & open to the public. Join us as Torch Literary Arts celebrates 10 Years of Creative Writing by Black Women & Girls! Special thanks to Susan Post and BookWoman for creating a safe space for women and girls in Austin, TX where literature and ideas thrive. Ebony Stewart is a touring performance arts spoken word poet and published author. She is a nationally acclaimed slam poet, has been featured in "For Harriet", and has shared stages with the late Amri Baraka. Ebony is a sexual health advocate, former sexual health educator, and cupcake connoisseur. Visit for more about Ebony Stewart.

April Sojourner Truth Walker is a 2013 MFA graduate from Hollins University and a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow. Currently she is working on a manuscript that interweaves the narrative of three slaves lynched in Dallas, Tx as the result of an 1860 fire, and how this piece of African American history has been preserved and disseminated in present day Dallas. Her work can be found in The New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Art and Literature, Toe Good Poetry, Kalyani Magazine, OccuPoetry, and the Cave Canem Anthology XVI. She lives in Oklahoma City where she works as an Area Manager in Project Management for AT&T, and an Adjunct English Professor at Oklahoma City Community College. HOST: Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies, Small Batch, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts.




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