Brett Underwood

Missing Link
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 – 8 pm
Fort Gondo
3151 Cherokee
Free and open to the public

HEARding Cats Collective is excited to present a new poetry collaboration entitled Missing LinkThe event features several of St. Louis’ most active masters of the spoken word, including K. Curtis Lyle, Anna Lum, Brett Underwood, Stef Russell, and Treasure Shields Redmond.  The evening will feature new poetry works from each artist in solo and duo combinations along with musical accompaniment by Doc Mabuse and Zimbabwe Nkenya.

K. Curtis Lyle performs regularly in St. Louis as a solo artist and with various musical ensembles.  He has performed in North America’s major intellectual and cultural centers over the last 50 years, and as a founding member of the Watts Writers Workshop in Los Angeles in 1966, was an important part of the renaissance the group incited.  Lyle’s powerful delivery and crafting of language creates suspenseful tension of anticipation, while calming listeners gently in the next sentence.  His controlled oration roars across the stage, unsettling one’s gastric juices, yet a moment later, diminishes to a whisper with the careful articulation of a veteran artist.

Anna Lum began performing and publishing poetry in the 1970s in River Styx and Webster Review.  She has collaborated with numerous musicians and dancers over the years in live performance.  Her poetry combines personal experience with social commentary, and a keen eye for observing life’s “small things.”  In addition to her gifts as a performer, Lum has served selflessly on numerous arts boards in and around St. Louis over the years, including RAC’s advisory panel, MAC’s review panel, The Forum for Contemporary Arts, and many others.

Brett Lars Underwood is a bartender and a gadabout who writes, promotes and produces happenings and mishaps.  He’s quicker with the stink eye than verbal reprimands and favors the brushback pitch over preemptive warfare. Once upon a time, he co-published a ‘zine entitled Lick My Squaggle Noose, Clam Tick.  He penned Zen koans for The RFT and St. Louis Magazine, as well as many journals of suburbia.  His verse and riddles have been published by THE BICYCLE REVIEW, 52nd City and BAD SHOE and included in FLOOD STAGE: An Anthology of Saint Louis Poets and can also be found in his chapbook SUNLIT INSULT.

Stefene Russell is St. Louis Magazine’s Culture Editor, and is a member of Poetry Scores, an arts collective that translates poetry into other media. In 2007, Poetry Scores translated her poem Go South For Animal Index into music. The poem, with essays by Russell and Poetry Scores artistic director Chris King, was released as a letterpress book with a CD of the score, printed by Firecracker Press. Russell is also a former co-editor of 52nd City and Prinsesstarta literary magazines, and was featured as part of River Styx’s Hungry Young Poets Series, the Observable Poetry Series (including 2005’s “Three Stephanies,” reading), the Archive Reading Series, and the Pulitzer’s Sound Waves series.  Her work has appeared in Pif, Gadfly, The Lumberyard, Bad Shoe, and Otis Nebula.

A Mississippi native, Treasure Shields Redmond is a St. Louis-based poet, performer and educator. She has published poetry in such notable anthologies as Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Breaking Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cane Canem’s First Decade and in journals that include The Sou’wester and The African American Review.  She has received a fellowship to the FineArts Works Center, and her poem, “around the time of medgar” was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Treasure is a Cave Canem fellow and has received an MFA from the University of Memphis. Presently, she divides her time between being an assistant professor of English at Southwestern Illinois College and doctoral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

These Cats Can Speak
Featuring the poetry of Brett Underwood, Anna Lum,
Treasure Williams, and Stef Russell
Musical accompaniment by Zimbabwe Nkenya and Rich O'Donnell
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011 - 8 pm
Floating Labs
4528 Ohio
Admission: $5

Stranger things may have happened – but we guarantee nothing more wonderful than this arts smorgasbord of poetry and improvised music has ever whet your appetite.  A covey of venerable St. Louis poets, including Brett Underwood, Anna Lum, Treasure Williams, and Stef Russell

will paint expression into the airwaves with spoken word.

Poetic mastermind and St. Louis arts fanatic Brett Underwood has been a driving force in helping assemble a team of word artists for this collaboration.  Zimbabwe Nkenya (psaltry) and Rich O’Donnell (kyma/pacarana electronics) will converse musically with the poets’ words.  Each member of this arts amalgam has a distinct aesthetic, yet the combination of the individuals forms a synergistic whole whose expression is more stirring than each of the parts alone.

Brett Lars Underwood is a bartender and a gadabout who writes, promotes and produces happenings and mishaps.  He’s quicker with the stink eye than verbal reprimands and favors the brushback pitch over preemptive warfare.  Once upon a time, he co-published a ‘zine entitled “Lick My Squaggle Noose, Clam Tick,” and penned Zen koans for The RFT and St. Louis

Magazine.  For several years he produced and hosted KDHX’ The No Show.  His verse and riddles have been published by 52nd City and Bad Shoe Press and included in FLOOD STAGE: An Anthology of Saint Louis Poets.

Longtime poet and tai’ chi instructor Anna Lum will add her words to this meeting of minds.  Since 1978 her poems have been published in various issues of River Styx and Webster Review.  Her first volume of poetry, The Urge to Play God, published in 1988 by Moonshadow Press, grew out of her participation in a Missouri Arts Council Creative Artists Project Grant to Linda Eyerman and Angela Culbertson through Craft Alliance Education Center.  She has been presenting poetry readings since 1976 at

Treasure Williams

Duff’s and various other locations.

A regional editor of Drumvoices Revue and a Cave Canem fellow, Treasure Williams’ performance abilities have been showcased on various projects, most recently on American Public Media’s Weekend America, and the Turner South Television commercial My South Speaks. Currently an assistant professor of English at Southwestern Illinois College, she received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis. She is the daughter of East St. Louis Poet Laureate Eugene B. Redmond.

Williams began writing seriously in the mid nineties while performing as an underground artist in Oakland, CA. She gained prominence in the Spoken Word scene, performing with other noted authors of color; among them Asha Bandele and Ras Baraka.  She can also be found on the web at Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poets online website.  Her current projects include a

Stef Russell

completed poetry manuscript entitled “feeding the dead” and a novel in progress entitled FISH.

Stefene Russell is the former co-editor of Prinsesstarta and 52nd City literary magazines, and is currently the Culture Editor at St. Louis Magazine. She is also a member of Poetry Scores, an arts collective devoted to translating poetry into other media, and Otis Nebula Literary Syndicate, a publishing project operated by working writers dedicated to serving living word, sound, and image to which commercial concerns are always subordinate.

Friday, Sept. 10 – HEARding Cats produces “Daedalus Cacophonus” at the Old Post Office Plaza

Daedalus Cacophonus – a beautiful movement of sound and flesh Featuring Joe McPhee Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 – 6 pm Old Post Office Plaza (9th and Locust) Free and open to the public HEARding Cats Collective has received a generous grant from DowntownNow! and Missouri Arts Council to create Daedalus Cacophonus at the Old Post […]

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