Join us in celebrating the 24th Anniversary of the ADA with the juried Poetry Slam winners and juried Art Exhibition by artists with disabilities. Colin Killick, Ekiwah Adler Belendez’s by skype, Kythryne Aisling, Eli Wolff and Mani Iyer will read their poems.
July 23, 2014 at the Institute for Human Centered Design 200 Portland St. Boston, MA 02114
6:30-7:00 PM refreshments and art exhibition
7:00-8:00 PM Poetry Slam
RSVP to Stacy Hart shart@IHCdesign.org
The Featured Poets
Born September 14, 1987, Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez is from Amatlan, Mexico, a small village an hour from Mexico City. The son of a North American father and a Mexican mother, Ekiwah Adler Belendez is the author of five collections of poetry, Soy (I Am); Palabras Inagotables, (Never-ending Words); Weaver (2003), his first book in English; The Coyotes Trace, which features an introduction by Mary Oliver. His journey with poetry began early. At the age of three he recited spontaneous verses to the mountains and at twelve he published his first collection of poetry. His work has been published in diverse poetry magazines and journals in the U.S.
He has given numerous talks, readings and workshops at colleges, high schools and festivals both in Mexico and the United States. Including The Dodge Poetry Festival, The Poetry Therapy Conference, Mythic Journeys and Writing the Medical Experience He has had the pleasure of reading with the poets Li-young Lee, Coleman Barks, Franz Wright, and Mary Oliver. Some of his work is featured on blueflowerarts.com. and on his website www.ekiwahadler-belendez.net
Ekiwah’s name means warrior in Purepecha, an indigenous languageof Mexico. His name is a fitting one. He has had to embrace the challenges and learn to accept the gifts of being born with Cerebral Palsy and using a wheelchair. His latest work, Love on Wheels, deals with coming to grips with the richness and complexities of life in a wheelchair, taking into account its symbolic connotations as well. Love on wheels also explores the relationship between poetry disability and sexuality – a theme that often is not so nakedly addressed.
Ekiwah also offers poetry workshops for people with and without a physical disability. As well as workshops to parents and teachers who work with people with disability. A graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Hampshire College, where he studied poetry, theater, and world religions he spends his most of his time Mexico, where he was born and raised, and travels frequently to the U.S.