Freedom is a Feeling in the Tongue
Presentation: Freedom is a Feeling in the Tongue
Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. — RADinc. | View Schedule
Racial trauma can script a restrictive dance on the Black tongue. When Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, addressed the world after the not guilty verdict for her son’s murderer, she spoke truth to power. Later, she went live on FB, code switched, and said, “This is the real Valerie Castile!” Her grief took the form of rage touched by the justifiably profane. Influenced by Southern dialect, the confining language of respectability, Nina Simone, Fannie Lou Hamer, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Black poetry, Tameka Cage Conley asks how would a world of unscripted language sound and how might it affect race relations and healing in a world of performance, politics, and premature death of far too many African Americans.
About Tameka Cage Conley
Tameka Cage Conley PhD is a literary artist who writes fiction, poetry, plays and essays. She received a doctoral degree in English in 2006 from Louisiana State University, where she was a recipient of the Huel Perkins Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation, Painful Discourses, was awarded the annual Lewis Simpson Distinguished Dissertation Award. She has received writing fellowships from the Cave Canem Poetry Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writers Conference and Workshops. In October 2013, she received the Eben Demarest Trust grant, awarded annually to an artist or archaeologist. Past recipients of the Demarest include painter James Pollock (1945) and choreographer Kyle Abraham (2012.) She held a Truman Capote fellowship in Fiction at the Iowa Writers Workshop from 2016-17 and is currently a Teaching-Writing Fellow in the program. A Gathering of Sons, the opera for which she wrote the libretto, recently had its world premiere in Pittsburgh and was met with acclaim.