Jimmy Santiago Baca and Christian Howes: Redemption/TIME - From Prison to Poetry & Activism
The Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF) Justice Ministry is excited to host a special evening of poetry and jazz featuring acclaimed poet Jimmy Santiago Baca and jazz violinist virtuoso Christian Howes on Friday, November 1, 2019!
Redemption/TIME is a multimedia performance work, an anthem of contemporary America through a unique collaboration between acclaimed poet Jimmy Santiago Baca and jazz violin virtuoso Christian Howes under the direction of David Gonzalez.
Main event is at 7:30 p.m., with a reception to follow in the ERUUF Fellowship Hall. Event ticket prices are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, on the day of the event. Purchase tickets here.
About the Artists
Jimmy Santiago Baca is out on the road inspiring readers, writers, students and people from all walks of life. His new book When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother’s Quest for Freedom, which went on sale February 19, 2019.
Internationally renowned poet Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on January 2, 1952. Abandoned by his parents at the age of two, he lived with one of his grandparents for several years before being placed in an orphanage. He wound up living on the streets, and at the age of twenty-one he was convicted on charges of drug possession and incarcerated. He served six years in prison, four of them in isolation. During this time, Baca taught himself to read and write, and he began to compose poetry. A fellow inmate convinced him to submit some of his poems to Mother Jones magazine, then edited by Denise Levertov. Levertov printed Baca's poems and began corresponding with him, eventually finding a publisher for his first book.
Immigrants in Our Own Land, Baca's first major collection, was highly praised. In 1987, his semi-autobiographical minor epic in verse, Martin and Meditations on the South Valley, received the American Book Award for poetry, bringing Baca international acclaim and, in 1989, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature. A self-styled "poet of the people," Baca conducts writing workshops with children and adults at countless elementary, junior high and high schools, colleges, universities, reservations, barrio community centers, white ghettos, housing projects, correctional facilities and prisons from coast to coast. His most recent book, When I Walk Through That Door, I Am, portrays the experience of an immigrant mother facing family separation, abuse, and ICE raids on the Southern border. (Source: Poets.org ).
"Jimmy Santiago Baca is a voice of Chicano survival in a country that has too often marginalized Chicanos and other Latinos," said Mario T. García, professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and of history at UCSB. Poet Denise Levertov said “Baca writes with unconcealed passion and manifests both an intense lyricism and that transformative vision which perceives the mythical and archetypal significance of life events.”
Jazz violinist educator and composer, Christian Howes was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. He received the Residency Partner Award through Chamber Music America, earned a USArtists grant through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and was invited by the U.S. State department to teach and perform as a cultural ambassador twice, in Ukraine and Montenegro. His release on Resonance Records, “Southern Exposure” earned recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Downbeat, Jazz Times, as well as a six-night run at Lincoln Center.
His release, “American Spirit” was named among the Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by the Huffington Post. Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings," a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects. Connect with Christian on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, SoundCloud or at www.creativestrings.org.