(an East St. Louis based poet, journalist,
performer, and educator)
appear and perform
Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 6 p.m.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
East St. Louis Higher Education Center
Room 2083 Building B
601 J. R. Thompson Drive
East St. Louis IL 62202
In Honor of National Poetry Month
This program is Presented by the EBR Writers Club
A regional editor of Drumvoices Revue and a
Cave Canem fellow, Williams’ performance abilities
have been showcased on various projects, most
recently on American Public Media’s Weekend America,
and the Turner South Television commercial My South
Speaks. Currently an assistant professor of English
at Southwestern Illinois College, she received an
MFA in creative writing from the University of
Memphis. She is the daughter of East St. Louis Poet
Laureate Eugene B. Redmond.
Treasure Williams is
one of the most exciting emerging
literary voices to date. Born in
Meridian, MS, Treasure traveled the
world as a Hip Hop artist signed to M.
C. Hammer’s Bust It Records before
attending Jackson State University and
then The University of Memphis, where
she received an MFA in Creative Writing.
Treasure began writing seriously in the
mid nineties while performing as an
underground artist in Oakland
California. She gained prominence in the
Spoken Word scene, performing with other
noted authors of color; among them Asha
Bandele and Ras Baraka. Treasure has
released two Hip Hop CDs—Drop the
Axxe (Bust It Records, 1991) and
Treasure (Airtight Productions,
1998). Her short stories have appeared
in Obsidian and Drumvoices
Revue. Her poetry has been featured
in Drumvoices Revue, Obsidian
III, Cave Canem: 2000 Anthology,
Cave Canem: 2001 Anthology, and Bum
Rush the Page.
She can also be
found on the web at Cave Canem: A Home for Black
Poets online website (http://ww.cavecanempoets.org/index.html).
Her current projects include a completed poetry
manuscript entitled “feeding the dead” and a novel
in progress entitled FISH.
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By Treasure Williams
you threw a tantrum
before you were born.
i could tell
by the stubborn look
on your bloody grey face;
holding your breath, marching,
arms folded, toward death.
you were a point on the map we wanted to
you were a thing trying to go back.
by your own umbilical cord.
until the doctor cut you
and then they rubbed you
a place you came to unwillingly;
crying because i
hugged you so tightly.
omwumbiko is an igbo word that means
“death, i implore you.”
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Plus Special Feature: Kwansabas from the Soular
Eugene B. Redmond
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Darlene Roy and Redmond, the Writers Club meets on
the first and third Tuesday, September-May, in the
room listed above. For more information about the
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