Clarence White

SAINT PAUL (November 22, 2017) November marks the return of the popular Lowertown Reading Jams. Saint Paul Almanac presents Brittany Lynch, Dr. Sheronda Orridge, and Joe Davis in “Knowledge of Self.” The Lowertown Reading Jam begins on Wednesday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Cafe, 308 East Prince Street.

Brittany Lynch is a writer and radio host with a passion for telling untold stories. She’s a graduate of the University of Minnesota and a freelance writer for Insight News. She’s the recipient of the VERVE grant for spoken word poets, Beyond the Pure grant, and Legacy grant for her work as a writer healing communities through art-based engagement. Lynch—also known as Miss Brit—is the founding CEO of Visions Merging, a social enterprise that works at the intersection of art and community development. She has invited Dr. Sheronda Orridge and Joe Davis to perform on a theme that asks, “Who are you, and how did you arrive at knowing?”

Miss Brit asks us to join her and her fellow writers for a night of spoken word poetry and personal discovery. The journey to understanding self and our ancestral heritage as African Americans often requires imagination and the willingness to relive historical trauma in order to heal. “Knowledge of Self” will be a night of poetic expression where the poets share their journeys of making peace with their truth.

Dr. Sheronda Orridge performs conscious inspirational protest spoken rap that fuses poetry and hard-hitting lyrics to deliver powerful, thought-provoking messages about everyday life from a Black woman’s perspective. Dr. Sheronda is the owner and operator of Loving Spirit Holistic Services, a community organizer, writer, author, motivational speaker, holistic life coach, and life coach trainer. She specializes in coaching and developing artists of color.

Joe Davis is a nationally touring writer, speaker, and performer based in Minneapolis. He is the frontman of the emerging soul, funk, and spoken word ensemble The Poetic Diaspora, and the co-founder and artistic director of H-Cubed: Harrison, Healing, Harmony, a monthly event series centered on healing through the arts. As a student and educator, he has served as a teaching artist at dozens of high schools and universities and is currently an artist-in-residence at Luther Seminary, pursuing a masters in Theology of the Arts.

Lowertown Reading Jams are open to all ages, no cover, donations welcome. As always, food and beverages will be for sale.

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