Silo City Reading Series: Danez Smith & Jazz De Nero

Join us for the season finale of the SILO CITY READING SERIES featuring poetry from Danez Smith & Jazz De Nero, a music performance by Steve Baczkowski, and an installation by dntwatchtv.

Tickets Available Monday, August 30, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m.

Doors at 7:00 p.m. | Reading begins at 7:30 p.m.

Books available for purchase from Fitz Books online & at the event.

  • Advance tickets (with assertion of COVID-19 vaccination) required
  • Capacity is limited to 50 attendees
  • Temperature checks will be conducted upon arrival
  • CDC & NY State guidelines will be followed

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award; they also wrote [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez’s work has been featured widely, appearing on platforms such as Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, Homie, was published by Graywolf in January 2020.

Jazz De Nero is a multimedia artist and poet living in Buffalo, New York. Her work has been featured in Voicemail Poems, Cosmonauts Avenue, Queen Mob’s Teahouse and others. She was a finalist for the 2019 Write Bloody Publishing Contest.

Buffalo-based saxophonist Steve Baczkowski performs solo, in trio with drummer Ravi Padmanabha & bassist Brian DeJesus, and in frequent collaborations with guitarist Bill Nace, drummer Chris Corsano & bassist Brandon Lopez. A trio LP Mystic Beings with Corsano & Nace was recently released by Open Mouth Records and Old Smoke, a live trio recording with Corsano and Lopez was released on CD by Relative Pitch Records in April 2019. A new LP Open Door highlighting Baczkowski’s 20-year duo collaboration with Ravi Padmanabha has just been released on Padmanabha’s Good Karma / Bad Karma Records and a live recording of the Lopez Trio with drummer Gerald Cleaver will be released by Relative Pitch in 2021.

DNTWATCHTV is a creative force playing at the intersection of street art, hip-hop and urban cosmology. Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, with outposts in NYC and LA, and a global network of collaborators, DNTWATCHTV is led by visual and performance artist Travis Rogers.