JOURNEY(S) is a visual anthology combining oral history with original poetry, animation, and archival photos to honor the stories of Ethiopian women in America and Black women across the diaspora. This screening of three English episodes of VS Presents: JOURNEY(S) will be followed by conversation between writer, director, and producer, Saaret E. Yoseph, and Chicago poet, Aricka Foreman.
VS Presents is a spin-off of the podcast VS, which takes audiences on deep dives of poetic pasts and possibility. The first season of VS Presents, VS Presents: Roll Call offered six explorations into the legacy and futurity of Black poetics, covering topics such as sonic journeys into black time, queer South African poetics, and the influence of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. VS Presents: Journey(s) will be one of the new special episodes that will air on the VS podcast stream in 2024.
This is a hybrid event, which will be offered in-person and via livestream. This event is also a live podcast episode recording, available Summer 2024 wherever you access podcasts.
Saaret E. Yoseph is an Ethiopian-American writer and multidisciplinary artist with more than 10 years of experience telling stories about art, culture, and intersectionality. Her work has been featured by HuffPost, The Rumpus, The Root, the Washington Post, CNN, and the Ethiopian Reporter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she penned the column “Chronicles of a Diaspora Kid.” In 2014, Saaret made her directorial debut with RED LINE DC, a master’s thesis-turned-independent documentary that explored gentrification and graffiti in her hometown Washington, DC. She went on to produce diverse programming and content in collaboration with CommonLit, the Environmental Film Festival, HumanitiesDC, Meridian Hill Pictures, and Google Cultural Institute, among others.
Aricka Foreman is an American poet and interdisciplinary writer from Detroit, Michigan. She is the author of Dream with a Glass Chamber and Salt Body Shimmer , and the winner of the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry. She has earned writing fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Millay Arts. Her poetry and essays have been featured in Catapult, the Black Warrior Review, Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, on the Academy of American Poets website, and in other publications. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, and works as a publicist for Haymarket Books.
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