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A-dZiko Simba Reaches for Yaddo
The space to write is one of the most coveted treasures of all writers so A-dZiko Simba is looking forward to what may be the trip of a lifetime this summer. Simba is a poet, storyteller, scriptwriter and later this year will add novelist to that list. She has been accepted into the prestigious Yaddo Corporation Artists' Retreat where she will spend a six-week residency. However, to get there she will be collaborating with a slate of local poets to raise funds to support her during the residency.
The event, dubbed Yo! Yaddo! Word! will take place at Redbones the Blues Cafe on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 starting at 8:00pm. Joining her on the microphone will be reggae poet Cherry Natural, percussionist and poet M’Bala, and poets Mel Cooke and Damali, which suggest the makings of a strong night of poetry.
The event attracts a cover charge of $1000 and attendees receive a copy of Simba’s poetry CD Crazy Lady Days.
Simba confesses that the significance of attending a residency at Yaddo did not come home until after she was accepted.
“I knew it was a good place to go to and I applied because being allowed all that time and space to just write is so rare and precious,” she said. “It was after I go in and looked at the list of former residents that I was amazed.”
In attending Yaddo, located in Saratoga Springs, New York, Simba will be in the historic company of some literary greats. Among the early visitors to Yaddo were James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Mario Puzo. Simba explains that one of the elements she looks forward to most is the collaborations which are possible as Yaddo accepts artists in multiple disciplines including filmmakers, choreographers and performance artists.
“I really look forward to the possibilities for collaboration. I read a lot with M’Bala, a fabulous musician and visual artist, and that has been so rewarding. As Yaddo hosts artists from all all disciplines, who knows what I will encounter and what creativity it will spark?” she said.
A-dZiko Simba is an internationally published and award winning writer Her debut novel, All Over Again will be published by Blouse and Skirt Books this year. She has written for BBC television (the sitcom ‘The Real McKoy’), Jamaican radio and co-authored five stage plays. Her poetry has been anthologised in So Much Things to Say: 100 Calabash Poets and Jubilation!. A-dZiko’s prose fiction has appeared in the short story collection Iron Balloons.
“It is all poetry but there is sure to be variety,” A-dZiko said, encouraging all to come to Redbones next Wednesday.