Be in the audience for a unique opportunity! Nicole M. Young will be recording her debut spoken word album, "In/Put", in front of a live audience! Ever laugh, sigh, and cry will be captured so be prepared to be loud and have a great time!
The poems of "In/Put" are about Nicole's exploration of living in the Pioneer Valley over the past 10 years- a place where she's grown tremendously and has spent a majority of her seemingly few adult years. Single, Black, Plus-Size and always misidentified, she either feels hypervisible or invisible in this rural college town. Nicole uses writing to inscribe herself into the experiences and terrain of spaces that attempt to assign her to the margins. Reflecting on dating experiences, consistently being misgendered and feeling like an outsider, "In/Put" is just that- Nicole sharing her insight.
About Nicole M. Young
Nicole M. Young has been a practicing artist for over 20 years working in various media including theatre (performer, playwright, director, producer), poetry and classical music. As an actor and playwright, Nicole has trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada and Ping Chong and Company. Nicole's writing fills the spaces and completes the absences for those who tend to be invisible in mainstream media, especially women of color. While her poetry is autobiographical, Nicole's plays focuses on the unique relationships that can develop between people if they'd thought to listen to one another. She wants her work to explore the gaps between human interaction as an attempt to prove that we can all get along and respect one another. Nicole is currently working on her debut spoken word album, a memoir on the challenges of dating and several plays.
Her play, get (t)his!, received a 2009 James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award from the Five Colleges Multicultural Theater Committee and has since been produced in Michigan and New York City. She received a Bachelor of Theatre Arts from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Nicole has read her poetry in several venues across New England and in Michigan. Originally from Detroit, she currently resides in Western Massachusetts and is a member of the Straw Dog Writers Guild.
This event is free but with limited seating so please arrive early.
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