Tara Betts in Fort Greene Park

July 21, 2011 – As part of the GreenLeaf Jazz and Spoken Word series, http://fortgreenepark.org/, which happens every week in Fort Greene Park, BK NYC, poet Tara Betts joined The Charlie Burnham Trio for a mix of music and verse. The ensemble, performed several numbers before an appreciative and hot (98 degrees) crowd. View event pictures on Facebook.

Tara is featured in Mosaic #27. You can read the article on MosaicMagazine.org, http://bit.ly/pOaAtz.


Tara Betts Interview
with Nicole Sealey

Named one of Essence magazine’s 40 Favorite Poets, alongside Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Suheir Hammad, Tracey K. Smith and others, it is simply impossible not to like poet Tara Betts.

Betts’ reading voice is as rich as her dossier—a lecturer in creative writing at Rutgers University and a Cave Canem fellow whose work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Callaloo, Columbia Poetry Review, Hanging Loose, Ninth Letter, Black Writing from Chicago, Fingernails Across a Chalkboard, Gathering Ground, Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism and ROLE CALL, respectively. Now, add to that list of accomplishments Arc & Hue, Betts’ debut collection of poems and, with it, praise from some of the most celebrated writers. Martín Espada proclaims, “Tara Betts is a poet who pays exquisite attention to the world. It’s high time the world repaid the favor.” The world, I would argue, is doing just that… Click here to continue reading

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