Curator’s comment from Mahogany Browne:
We gather here today to revel in the rebellion of writers:
Victoria Redel & Eboni Hogan.
The contributions of both these mother-tongued poets include:
poetry, prose, fiction, playwriting & short stories.
Their similarities do not rely on the fact that they are both mother
– but maybe,
even still ARTIST.
The act of thriving through the creation,
act of thriving with each step of a child
– both groundbreaking material.
All monumental in the execution of breath.
These women showcase the hard blood work of writing the family heirloom, each stanza a constant glaze.
Redel remembers “heels on pavement, she lingers, sound tattoos.”
Hogan recalls “Your skin, the most dangerous neighborhood to live in.”
— and the body bends with each verbal gesture, these women beckon us forward with an intoxicating insistence.The audience leans forward to sway.
Victoria Redel is the author of four books of fiction and three books of poetry. Of her most recent poetry collection, Woman Without Umbrella, Major Jackson writes, “So possessed are we by her radiant wisdom, that inner splendor gained from the craft of fearless engagement in language with one’s powers as well as one’s missteps, in her glorious journey on earth.” Her work has been awarded numerous awards including the S Mariela Gable Award, The Tom and Stan Wick Poetry Award and her novel Loverboy was adapted for a feature film. Her fiction and poetry have been widely anthologized. Redel’s work has been translated into five languages. Redel is a professor at Sarah Lawrence College. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for The Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center.
Eboni Hogan is an award-winning poet, playwright and teaching artist who has performed in over 35 U.S. cities as well as internationally in Ghana, Germany, India and Austria. She was the 2008 Urbana Grand Slam Champion and has represented the Nuyorican Slam team, twice. Eboni was the 2010 Women of the World Grand Slam Champion.