In 2003 I received a grant from The Funding Exchange/The Paul Robeson Fund For Independent Media - to produce: The Finding Voice Productions radio show, creative writing workshop series and spoken word event series in Austin, TX.
The radio show featured Austin based artist/activists and aired on UT Austin’s KVRX FM on the Radio Caraco show thanks to Alan Gomez. The Finding Voice Productions Radio Show was produced by myself and Jackie Cuevas. Shows Were Directed By: myself, Jackie Cuevas, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Maggie Jochild, Carole Mettellus and Desi Perez Perez. Sound Engineer: K T Shorb. Tecno Diva Anna Sisnett (who created the show blog amongst other things)
Writing Workshops Where Facilitated by:
Rajasvini Bhansali, Florinda Bryant, Zell Miller 111 and Maggie Jochild
Spoken Word Events Where Curated by:
Shia Shabazz, Zell Miller 111 and Virginia Grise
Additional Sponsors Where: YWCA racial justice program (thanks to Diana Gorham), Resistencia bookstore and Paco’s Internet Cafe (Jackie Cuevas and Jennifer Margulies’s House).
Today I am sharing an excerpt of a conversation that Rajasvini and I recorded at Paco’s Internet Cafe in 2003. In it, Rajasvini reads some of her poetry…she shares a bit about how growing up in India shaped her sensibilities of poetry and the arts, and she shares a few lessons she learned from June Jordan about “relentless imagination, political clarity and revolutionary trust” and the work of bringing the dance to the revolution with our poetry.
For Finding Voice Productions in 2003, Rajasvini facilitated a workshop series called Poets on the Frontlines…she bought in fellow Poetry For The People poet/activists alumn Maiana Minahal and Maria Poblet. After working with the workshop group in Austin…they took to the road and joined up to read at a Finding Voice Productions Spoken Word Event that Virginia Grise curated called Reclaiming Eros…in San Antonio at Cafe Latino. Also on program were: Rachel Ruiz, Carl Thomas, Vincent Valdez, Alex Rubio, Esperanza Garza, David Zamora Casas and Dolores Murff.