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City of Song

Glenn North is currently serving as a consultant for Education and Community Programs at the Black Archives of Mid America while also pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He is a Cave Canem fellow, a Callaloo creative writing fellow and a recipient of the Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award and the Crystal Field Poetry Award. Glenn provided the poetic narration for the award-winning film short, May This Be Love and did a guest appearance on the popular ABC family drama, Lincoln Heights. He has shared the stage with many legendary African American poets including Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka. His work has appeared in Kansas City Voices, One Shot Deal, The Sixth Surface, Caper Literary Journal, Platte Valley Review, Kansas City Voices, Cave Canem Anthology XII, The African American Review, and American Studies Journal. He also collaborated with legendary jazz musician on the critically acclaimed recording project, Check Cashing Day.

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Check Cashing Day

Check Cashing Day was released on August 28, 2013 to honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The album also prominently features Kansas City’s spoken-word artist and poet Glenn North on numerous tracks, as well as a slew of other local talents: trumpeter Hermon Mehari, pianist Richard Johnson, drummer Eric Kennedy, flutist Horace Washington, and trombonist Karita Carter. The 15-track release is a political concept album. In a press release, Watson says Check Cashing Day is “a commentary on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we need to go as a people, as a country, and as a global community.”

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Love, Loss and Violence: A Visual Dialogue on War

This art book presents the works of a painter and a poet who present modern interpretations of historical-cultural works about war, violence and loss, and the effects on veterans, families, and society. The stunning paintings and poems are provocative and disruptive so that the reader pauses to gain insights and become more empathetic towards those affected by war and violence.

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