Arts@Night Poetry Reading

Arts@Night Poetry Reading

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (left) and Cara Benson, two poets with distinctive voices who have encouraged those without a voice to raise theirs with words, will read from their work at the UNH Bookstore on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Department of English and Arts@UNH.    

Diggs, a writer, vocalist and sound artist, has been described by The New York Times as a “rich voiced wonder.”  She will read from her first collection, My Life as a Boy.

Diggs has released three chapbooks, Ichi-Ban, Ni-Ban and Manuel is Destroying My Bathroom, as well as an album, Television. Her work has appeared in Black Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes, Fence, Ploughshares, The Black Scholar, Jubilat, Tea Party magazine and Muck Works.

She and Greg Tate are the founders and editors of Coon Bidness/SO4 magazine. This spring, Diggs will be featured in “BLEED,” a performance conceived by Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran at the Whitney Biennial in Manhattan and at the St. Marks Poetry Project Spring Benefit with musicians Thurston Moore and John Zorn. She has read and performed her work at venues around the U.S. and in Europe, including Riker’s Island Women’s Correctional facility.  

Randall Horton, assistant professor of English, said Diggs’ work lives “at the intersection of experimental and surprising. She does a lot with sound and music. We are very happy to have her read from her first collection.”

Benson will read from her forthcoming book, Funny. Considering How Heated it Was, as well as other works. Benson has been a visiting poet at New York State Writers Institute at SUNY-Albany, the University of Pennsylvania, Rhode Island School of Design and Skidmore College.

Benson’s work has appeared in publications including Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Boston Review and Fence. She has taught poetry and poetics in the New York state prison system since 2005 and is under contract to write a book on the class. She is on the Board of Trustees of the PEN Prison Writing Program. Horton called her “a tireless champion of poetry” who has helped countless people in the prison system find a voice through poetry.

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