P. Scott Cunningham on Jai-Alai Books

Published on January 13, 2015 by in Miami, Poetry

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The Jai-Alai Team. Photo by Gesi Schilling.

As young boy, my grandmother took me to the smoke-filled betting floors of Dania Jai-Alai. That was more than 30 years ago, and I miss those hazy, teary-eyed hours spent following her around. I haven’t been back to Jai-Alai since, but Jai-Alai has, in many ways, come back to me. Jai-Alai Books, winner of a […]

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Andrea Assaf

Every January, Tigertail Productions produces SpeakOut—a performance, series of community workshops and poetry slam focused on LGBTQ teens led by a nationally recognized LGBTQ poet. This year Arab-American spoken word poet Andrea Assaf will be in residence, and she’ll lead school and community workshops, a poetry slam for LGBTQ youth and a reading for a […]

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Not long ago I caught an interview of National Public Radio. The guest was well-known comedian, writer, producer, actor and TV personality Louis CK. He talked at length about the benefit of open mic venues where he could try new materials – to see how it all sounded in his voice, so to speak, and […]

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Coined as the spiritual father of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s, John Oliver Killens was an African-American fiction writer who was born January 14, 1916 in the historic Pleasant Hill neighborhood of Macon, Georgia. He was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his novels, “And Then We Heard the Thunder” (1962) and “The Cotillion; […]

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Kwanzaa is often thought of as an African American holiday that takes the place of Christmas. This cultural celebration was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga to help blacks in the United States embrace the lifestyle of their ancestors. Dr. Karenga introduced this concept in 1966 during a time coined as the Black Freedom Movement. This […]

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After more than three years covering the city’s cultural scene for Knight Arts, I’m moving on. Beginning in December, my friend and colleague Levi Weinhagen will cover St. Paul’s arts and culture beat for you here, and I couldn’t be leaving my spot in better hands. But before I go, in the spirit of the […]

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The crew behind Saint Paul Almanac and Cracked Walnut have been busy since early October, hosting readings in venues all over the city – 16 in all – for the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival. The lit fest concludes this year with events on Thursday, Saturday and next Monday, at Common Good Books, Amsterdam […]

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The Mercer University African Student Association is partnering with Touched by an Angel, a nonprofit organization, for a philanthropic event to collect and give basic essentials to infants and their mothers in Zambia. Taking place on November 15 at 8 p.m., the Art Explosion will showcase a variety of artists from the community and other campus organizations. The lineup […]

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There’s a popular trend of giving that has swept across the country in many communities. A lot of us have a vested interest in our favorite nonprofit organizations. However, when competitive incentives are involved, it encourages us to engage in these causes even more. This year marks the third year that the Georgia Center for […]

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Now that Halloween is over, the election is around the corner and the first winter blast of the season has hit, it’s time to get serious. Dig out those scarves, wool mittens and Uggs and brace for what’s to come. First up, the all-important Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Awards. The governor’s race is important, […]

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