I’m tremendously excited for Uni Q. Mical’s visit to Greater Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 18th and Sunday, Feb,. 19th. I first met Uni Q. (pronounced ‘unique’) at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Metro NY District Antiracism Conclave last fall. Her rhythm and her artistry blew me away. I immediately invited her to Connecticut. She’ll be performing her feisty, progressive, provocative brand of spoken word poetry at the Charter Oak Cultural Center on Saturday night, February 18th at 7:00 PM ($5.00 admission). Then she’ll be participating in Sunday services at UUS:E on February 19th (9:00 and 11:00). Rumor has it Uni Q. has created a new poem to celebrate her visit! UUS:E is proud to work in partnership with the Charter Oak Cultural Center to bring Uni Q. to Hartford.
In her own words: “Uni Q. Mical is a Black queer
wryter/excyter who aims to keep it hyper from Baltimore, MD, now residing in Western Massachusetts. She graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in May 2009, with a Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing and Black Studies. She has actively lifted her poems off of the page since age 13, featuring at prominent venues and conferences in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Western Massachusetts, Austin, and Atlanta. After Hampshire, she moved to New York, and performed with the Bending Threads Cabaret Company, Black August, and at the Nuyorican Poets Café, to name a few. She has since expanded into the world of plays, creative non-fiction, blogging, and emceeing. Having a heart tied to social justice work, she realized her dire passion and commitment to the movement is through her words. These words attempt to ‘slash through the silences that we all (un)comfortably live with, place a mirror to our societies so that we SPEAK to each other, build dialogue, and love a lot.’”
For a sneak preview, check out Uni Q.’s hilarious and poignant take on non-profit work, “Skinned Dependents Day,” here:
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