Though the phone, email, text, and butt-nekkid Skype sessions in the midnight hour make it easier to keep in touch while away from home, it's just not the same as stuffing your face and being drinky with someone. My writing career and network of eHomies both blossomed beautifully while I was living in Panama, and since arriving Stateside, I have been itching for some face-to-face time with those who I've connected with digitally over the past few years. So, I decided to gather all the coolest kids in the back room of a bar in NYC for a jolly time and such.
I want to meet you. I want to connect with readers, writers, friends, and colleagues. I want to shake hands, laugh, and sip (brown liquor?) with the many folks who've supported, encouraged, challenged, infuriated and inspired me for so long. Also, I feel it's important for me to have a space to share my work with a living, breathing, emoting audience and get me some of that human connection, yo. Infinitely better than contending with e-Rage via bitchass anonymous blog comments, yes?
I thought so, too.
Colored Boy and Friends will be an intimate, wankster-free experience. I will be reading and discussing a brand new essay (or two), answering some of the nosy, bold, wild, and freaky ass questions I've been receiving from readers and other internetpersons (here: Ask Me Stuff), and discussing literature, love, and life on stage with Darnell L. Moore (writer/co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire), André D. Singleton (cultural curator and performance artist), and Shernita Anderson (host/personality/entertainer extraordinaire).
André D Singleton
And I'm collaborating with master mixologist Blue Rivera of SO/YO CRAFT BAR on a dope drink menu. Woot. Woot.
I like having fun. You like having fun. Dammit, let's have some fun together. Merriment awaits. Join me.
Where: BAR NONE - 98 Third Ave, New York, NY 10003
When: Wednesday, March 4, 8PM
Suggested donation: FIVE WHOLE DOLLARS (but if the spirit moves you, don't stop there)
if you happen to have a radio show, podcast, classroom, workshop, panel, or dining room where you think I need to appear while in New York City during the first week of March, or if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, let me know: here.
I'll be around before the Colored Boy and Friends event for a happy hour meet & greet situation, from about 6:30-7:30 in the bar at Bar None.
Hope to see you there, player!