Southern hosts Tampa-based
Irritable Tribe of Poets
(March 6, 2002) - The Florida Southern College English and music
departments will present The Irritable Tribe of Poets March 20 at
8 p.m. in the Eleanor Searle Drawing Room on the FSC campus.
Tribe of Poets, a Tampa-based music and spoken word ensemble, is
featured monthly at King Corona Cigars in Ybor City and appears
at other Tampa Bay area venues. The band of well-known Tampa area
musicians performs an eclectic mix of reggae, funk, world music,
and jazz. According to drummer Jon Priest, the largely improvised
music defies categorization, since "every style of music is
fair game," and the poets are as diverse as the musicians.
Tribe features a varying line-up of poets and musicians. For the
FSC performance, the band includes drummer Jon Priest, bass player
Philip Booth, guitarist Joel Lisi, and percussionist Jim Beckwith.
poets include Rhonda J. Nelson, Bradley Morewood, and Phillis McEwen.
Nelson's poems are available in two collections, "The Undertow"
and "Shadows & Light," and on two CDs, "Empty
Town" and "Live at the St. Mark's Poetry Project."
She is a two-time recipient of the Hillsborough County Emerging
Artist Award and has received a Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Fellowship. Morewood has performed his poems with world-famous tabla
player Vijay Ghate and with Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. He
has been featured at Bay Area venues such as Skipper's Smokehouse
and at more exotic locations including St. Petersburg, Russia. McEwen
is a poet and performance artist. She is a co-founder of the Black
Madonna Artists Collective, Poetry Editor of The Florida Humanities
Council's magazine "The Forum," artist in residence at
the Atlantic Colony for the Arts in Seaside, and a member of Cave
Canem, a North American Black poets' colony founded by Toi Derricotte.
The group encourages
audience members to read their own poetry, with or without musical
The event features
a coffeehouse format, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments
will be provided. For further information, please contact Bernard
Quetchenbach at 863-680-4221 or at email@example.com.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.