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She misses Hammer pants and wishes the computers would hurry up and take over the world. On Sundays, she frets

over her salvation until that first beer. Then she frets over her diminishing beer stash



Treasure Williams
(an East St. Louis based poet, journalist, performer, and educator)

will 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 (  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.
and then
you were a point on the map we wanted to get to.
and then
you were a thing trying to go back.
by your own umbilical cord.
until the doctor cut you
and then they rubbed you
into existence—
a place you came to unwillingly;
crying because i
hugged you so tightly.

Note: omwumbiko is an igbo word that means “death, i implore you.”

Source: ArsenicLobster

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Plus Special Feature: Kwansabas from the Soular Systems Ensemble.

Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club, DrumVoices Revue, SIUE, Black River Writers Press.
Founded in 1986 and chartered by Sherman Fowler, 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 Club or area cultural-literary activities, call 618 650-3991 or write the Club at P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, Illinois 62201; email:

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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