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Poetry in the Bowl Wednesday, June 12

June 12 @ EST 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $20.00

Lu Highsmith Trio: 6 – 6:30 pm
Tyler Barton: 6:40 – 7:10 pm
Meet the Poets | Book Signing: 7:15 – 8 pm

ASL interpretation provided

Highland Bowl, 1137 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
Rain Venue: Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Lu Highsmith is a poet, writer, publisher, promoter, and spoken word artist. A Rochester native, she has performed at festivals, coffee houses, and diverse community spaces throughout upstate New York; New Jersey; Connecticut; Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; and Canada. She has published two books of poems, Ascension into Love (2010) and Vicissitudes: The Ups and Downs of Life (2008); as well as Ascensions, a spoken word CD released by Variance Records in 2012. A designated Slam Master of Rochester, NY, Lu formed Roc Bottom Slam Poets, an adult slam team that performed nationally and in Canada. She has performed at the Rochester Fringe Festival (2018 and 2019) and co-hosted Rochester’s popular Flowetic Rhythms Open Mic @ Gallery One for 10 years. In 2023, she was awarded the “Melanin Magic Award” by the Rochester Black Arts Council for her literary and community work.

Ari “Luna Sol Child” Highsmith is a musician, writer, and coordinator/activist who serves as an artist-in-residence and teaching artist at the Avenue Blackbox Theater, Rochester, NY.

Taryn “Sunchild” Highsmith is a musician, community activist, writer, curator, band manager, and event promoter who has opened for and played with such artists as Danielle Ponder, Durand Benarr, Wesley Franklin, Tika, and Billboard chart-topping bassist Phylicia Rae. She is the recipient of several recognitions and awards, including Best Contemporary Instrumental in Omega Psi Phi’s Talent Hunt, three years in a row; 2019 Roc Award for Best Band with her group Daughters of ArT; and, most recently, a commendation from Rochester City Council for uplifting the community with her music and community engagement through her musical group LunaSolChild. She has performed or hosted events at local events and venues, including Juneteenth Fest, ROC Peace Fest, Rochester Fringe Fest, ROC Summer Soul Fest Tailgate Party, Rochester Pride Festival, Rochester Black Pride, The Avenue Blackbox Theatre, UUU Art Collective, Geva Theatre, and Water Street Music Hall.

Tyler Barton is the author of Eternal Night at the Nature Museum (Sarabande Books, 2021), a book of stories called by Daniel Handler “startling, gritty, wistful, lonely, quick, sharp, hopeful.” His collection of flash fiction was published by Split/Lip in 2019; and his short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, DIAGRAM, NANO Fiction, Subtropics, Wigleaf, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and elsewhere. Stories from Eternal Night have been awarded prizes and honors from Kenyon Review, Phoebe Journal, The Chicago Review of Books, The Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfictions; and have twice been named “Distinguished” by Best American Short Stories. Gutters, his visual poetry project, has been featured in, among other publications, The Adroit Journal, Northwest Review, december, and The Pinch. He lives in Saranac Lake, NY, where he works as the program manager for the Adirondack Center for Writing and leads creative writing workshops for older adults in prison and in assisted living facilities.

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June 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Writers & Books
(585) 473-2590
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Highland Park
180 Reservoir Ave
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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