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Sat., September 6th Acadiana Wordlab with cast members of “Fearless Voices of the Struggle”

Wordlab News | Posted by Clare
Sep 01 2014

Acadiana Wordlab will next meet
Saturday, September 6th, at 2pm
in the Conference Room of the
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St.
Lafayette, Louisiana

and will be presented by cast members of
“Fearless Voices of the Struggle: A Spoken Word Stage Play”

FEARLESS

Frank “Xteele” Isom

Native New Orleanian, Frank “Xteele” Isom, is a powerhouse performer, writer, lyricist, actor & activist. A naturally captivating human being, Frank brings humor and wisdom to this production. He charismatically blends his witty, high energy approach to life with his sincere passion for bringing about world change. The middle child of 5 siblings, Frank grew up always having to fight in and outside of the home, through this experience he learned how to fight for those who cannot or do not know how to fight for themselves. A master wordsmith, Frank began writing poetry at a young age, using his writing to provide social commentary to bring about the peaceful more enlightened world he hopes to one day live in. Aiming at the mind, hearts and souls of those from kids to elders, you can expect Xteele to compose lyrics that feed your soul, touch your heart and capture your mind. From spoken words to choirs to be heard…. Frank Xteele is coming…

Jessica “I Am Air” Bordelon

Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Author & Director Jessica “I Am Air” Bordelon is best described as enigmatic, powerful and passionate, her poetry mirrors her spirit. A mother to one lovely daughter, Jessica has given her life to serving her community. She is set on a mission to inspire those who hear, read or experience her art, and to help them realize the beauty and power within themselves and the world. She recently directed and wrote her first stage play Behind My Enemy’s Eyes, an emotional production that takes you into the perspectives of both soldiers in the United States military and members of the Taliban. She believes that words and action should be delivered in purpose. Author of newly released book How to Make a Modern Woman Act like a Traditional Lady, she is sky-rocketing into multiple domains, all remaining true to her ultimate purpose: To inspire and impact the world we all share.

Tony Wilson

Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, now permanently residing in New Orleans, LA. Tony Wilson is a multitalented artist. A Rapper, Spoken Word Artist, Author, Director, Playwright & Activist Tony Wilson embodies the founding principles of #Teamvision, Pride, Sacrifice & Perseverance. Through this mantra he shares that you must have pride in yourself and actions, sacrifice to uplift the community as a whole, and the power to persevere through all roadblocks. Tony has strong ties to community action, previously working in community based organizing for 6 years, and he always maintained his love for art and performing. An electric performer, Tony Wilson presents a captivating set that blends the worlds of Spoken Word & Hip Hop. Armed with uplifting words and a pure joy for performing he creates an energy that wows the crowd and leaves them feeling empowered and motivated. Known for his captivating and charismatic presence, Tony Wilson’s clever wordplay, powerful delivery and creative punch lines can carry the emotion of the audience, creating an impactful and motivating experience.

Alex Johnson, also known as “PoeticSoul” is originally from Lafayette, LA. She has been writing since middle school. PoeticSoul has performed for many venues including 100,000 Poets for Change, Englewood You Got Served in Chicago, IL and Festival of Words. She performs locally at multiple venues including ACA, Festival International, Cite des Arts, and for Patrice Melnick’s Artist Series. PoeticSoul is the founder and host of Lyrically Inclined Poetry Slam & Open Mic. She is currently working on her 1st book, Scattered Thoughts, which will be released mid December 2014. PoeticSoul has worked with Volunteers of America, Project S.O.U.N.D. and has spoken to classrooms spanning Lafayette and St. Landry Parishes about the power of writing. She will be a featured artist at this year’s Festival of Words. She is also the Vice President of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s student organization Powerful Poets. PoeticSoul is a strong advocate for community service and working with the youth. Through her community involvement, she strives to, “show the youth where the volume button is. They are the voice of our future and need to be heard to make a difference.”

Sat., August 30th: Bessie Senette

Wordlab News | Posted by Clare
Aug 26 2014

Acadiana Wordlab will next meet
Saturday, August 30th, at 2pm
in the Conference Room of the
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St.,
Lafayette, Louisiana

and will be presented by Bessie Senette!bessie

Bessie Senette began writing while enrolled as a freshman at Nichols State University. In 1974, she won first place in free verse in the Deep South Writer’s Conference. After three semesters at Nicholls State University, she devoted her time to fulfilling the roles of wife and mother. She began writing again as her career as an integrative medical specialist in 1995. Presently, she is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, a Reiki Master Teacher and an Ordained Interfaith Minister with Volunteers of America. She has been in private practice as a wellness coach specializing in energy medicine and light touch therapy at The Balanced Being Wellness Center in Lafayette since 1997. Bessie lives in Lafayette with her husband of 33 years.  Presently she is completing the art layout of her first book, an autobiographical compilation of poetry and prose.

Sat., August 23: Chelsea Ellison

Wordlab News | Posted by Clare
Aug 19 2014

Acadiana Wordlab will next meet
Saturday, August 23rd, at 2pm
in the Conference Room of the
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St.,
Lafayette, Louisiana

And will be presented by Chelsea Ellison!Chelsea

Chelsea Ellison was born in Iowa and spent her childhood and adolescence between her mother’s backyard creativity and her father’s Peterbilt truck, traveling coast to coast mastering the art of the gallon jug shower. To support herself, Chelsea has detasseled corn, landscaped, moved furniture, managed a collegiate women’s volleyball team, delivered mail, waited tables, worked as a ranch hand, as a fashion stylist, painted houses, and is currently a paralegal. In between she managed a brief spell of studying poetry in the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate program with James Galvin. The beautiful mix of cultures drew her to South Louisiana and she finished her B.A. in anthropology at UL. She writes and sings and shakes her tail feather in good company and especially to some James Brown.