The Weary Heart in a Weary World: Writing to Stay Alive ~ Monday March 3, 2014

Reading with Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe, Brianna Pope, Vinzie Nen and Natalie Desrosiers
Blodgett Hall, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington
7 p.m.

We know that the world has the potential to wear one out but when does one become weary? Statistics show that women of color tend to become weary at a much earlier age. To counteract this, some of these women turn to writing. This lively reading will feature Ghanaian writer Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe and other young women of color from Bard College at Simon’s Rock who are writing their way through this weary world.

Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe

Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe

Kuukua Yomekpe, a native of Ghana, characterizes herself as a trans-disciplinary artist. She choreographs West African dance forms, cooks a fusion of Ghanaian dishes, and pens memoirs, essays, and social commentaries. Her scholarly and writing interests lie at the intersection of race and skin color, African culture, Black women’s bodies, expression of voice, and non-conformance and performativity. All her work is influenced by her education and socialization in womanist, feminist, and Africanist theories. She is the author of several essays and prose poems. Some of her essays have been anthologized in: African Women Writing Resistance (University of Wisconsin Press), Becoming Bi: Bisexual Voices from Around the World (BRC), and Inside Your Ear (Oakland Public Library Press). Her essay “The Audacity to Remain Single: Single Black Women in the Black Church” is anthologized in Queer Religion II (Praeger Publishers). ewurabasempe.wordpress.com

Brianna Pope is a California native. She is a Sophomore studying study literary studies at Simon’s Rock.

Vinzie Nen is from Papua New Guinea. She recently moved to the Berkshires to attend Simon’s Rock College, where she is studying pre-med. She plays hockey and hopes to join a local high school team.

Natalie Desrosiers is a first year Simon’s Rock student studying Chemistry and Creative Writing. She is from Orlando, Florida and enjoys writing poetry and prose. She kills cacti for kicks. Think opposite of “Green Thumb.”