READING: Michael Datcher

Michael Datcher: Reading from AMERICUS

co-presented by 516 ARTS & Outpost Performance Space

In conjunction with the exhibition Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop, 516 ARTS and Outpost Performance Space teamed up again to bring back acclaimed writer Michael Datcher to the Outpost to read from his historical novel AMERICUS. Set in East St. Louis (13 miles from Ferguson), AMERICUS interrogates the recurrent intersection of race and violence in the region. Inspired by Egyptian mythology and young America’s coming-of-age story, Datcher reveals the lives of rambunctious identical twins Asar and Set Americus. The recent tragic shootings involving African American men have engendered a national conversation about the intersection of race and violence in America. Using story, AMERICUS examines the historical underpinnings of this unsettling relationship. The stories we tell, tell us about ourselves.

Michael Datcher is author of New York Times Bestseller Raising Fences. He is co-editor of TOUGH LOVE: The Life and Death of Tupac Shakur.  Datcher’s play SILENCE was commissioned by and premiered at the Getty Museum. He is co-host of the weekly public affairs news magazine BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE on 90.7 FM  KPFK in Los Angeles. His writing is widely anthologized, and he has curated and/or presented his work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art and The Hammer Museum among others. Datcher is the former Executive Director of The World Stage, a literary and jazz education and performance nonprofit in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. He is a professor of English at Loyola Marymount University.

Santa Fe based jazz pianist John Rangel collaborated with Michael Datcher as a part of the evening's reading, which was followed by an open discussion.

Pianist John Rangel is a multi-faceted musician, composer and producer.  Originally from New York, he also lived in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Santa Fe where he is currently one of the busiest musicians on the scene.  He has an extensive performance resume, having played with many of the major jazz artists in the United States.  He has composed music for a wide variety of ensembles ranging from jazz quartets to string quartets, chamber orchestras and solo piano, and has one many New Mexico Music Awards for production and performance.


 Datcher Photo web  AMERICUS final front cover web  John Rangell pianist web


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