phatLiterature, A Literary TV Program, features poets, writers and scholars who discuss the writing process and how that process reveals and defines their lives. It also provides insight into the historical, social, cultural and political connections that appear in their works, and enliven the exploration of literature and literary analysis with dramatizations and readings. phatLiterature also features a Q&A segment and showcases visual artists by integrating their works as part of the set design, including a 60- second segment, VISUAL SIGNATURES, which appears in each episode. http://www.phatliterature.org
This episode features John Watusi Branch & student Kamil Gedear; with visual artists Otto Neals & Abdul Badi
The Afrikan Poetry Theater (APT) , located in the heart of Jamaica, Queens, was initially created to encourage poets and writers in the African American community to develop their art. Since its inception, it has emerged as a cultural, educational, and recreational center that prepares young people to become productive members of their community. John Watusi Branch discusses APT's impact and presents one of APT's young poets, Kamil Gedear, to the audience. This clip features John Watusi Branch.
phatLiterature is produced by Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc., a NY-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes multicultural literature and literacy. http://www.theiaas.org