SOUNDING THE SPOOKY SEASON
October 27th 8pm sharp!
Come and get lit. In this evening of songs and storytelling, four acclaimed writers converge on Tiny Bar to read poems, stories, ghost stories- their own and others- as live music plays. Against the backdrop of our Poe-inflected speakeasy, celebrated poets Tess Taylor and Kiki Petrosino will read poems of haunts and hauntings; fiction writer Jon Pineda will offer up some twisted tales, and Richmond’s own Kristen Green will share her stories of local ghosts. The writers will be paired with the band from 8-9:30. Afterwards, Black Iris will get the Halloween party started. Costumes encouraged!!!
About the Artists:
Kristen Green has worked for two decades as a journalist at newspapers including The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Boston Globe. Kristen has a bachelor of arts from University of Mary Washington and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County is her first book. It was a New York Times bestseller in race and civil rights and in education, and it was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The Washington Post recognized it among notable nonfiction for 2015. Kristen and her husband, Jason Hamilton, and their two young daughters live in Richmond, Va.
Greg Wrenn is the author of Centaur, which Terrance Hayes awarded the 2013 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, New England Review, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, AGNI, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, Wrenn is an assistant professor of English at James Madison University. He is currently at work on Reef, an eco-memoir about his time at a remote reef in New Guinea, and The Minotaurs, his second poetry collection.
Jon Pineda is the author of the novel Let's No One Get Hurt (FSG). His other books include the memoir Sleep in Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and Library Journal "Best Books of 2010" pick; the novel Apology, winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize; and the poetry collections Little Anodynes, winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award; The Translator's Diary, winner of the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose; and Birthmark, selected by Ralph Burns as winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. A core faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, he teaches at the College of William & Mary.
Tess Taylor’s first book, The Forage House, was called “stunning” by The San Francisco Chronicle. Her second book, Work & Days, was called “our moment’s Georgic” by critic Stephanie Burt and was named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. Taylor’s poetry and nonfiction appear widely. She currently chairs the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle, and is on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered. She was a Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was most recently Anne Spencer Writer in Residence at Randolph College.
Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator.
Victor brings a one-of-a-kind spirit and perspective to all that he does. His worldly, empathetic, culturally astute approach to living is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings in Asia and Africa and traveling extensively (which continues through the present day). Through music, Haskins is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences.
As an educator, Victor currently serves as the Director of In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (since 2014), Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary (since 2016), and the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the College of William & Mary (since 2018). Previously, he served on the faculty of the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp (2012). Haskins has presented clinics and masterclasses on a variety of music-related topics at institutions including (but not limited to) the Jazz Education Network Conference, the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Richmond, TEDxVCU, and TEDxLizardCreek.
Victor’s present main performing projects are Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures and Victor Haskins’ Skein. Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative, “one- man-band” where Victor extemporaneously creates intricate, interactive soundscapes derived from a combination of various existing artistic traditions from around the world, and his own deeply personal improvisational language. In Victor Haskins’ Skein, Victor is joined by a live bassist and drummer to explore the possibilities of collective improvisation through the forum of compositions and arrangements he has crafted for the ensemble, delighting and intriguing audiences with intense auditory interplay.