How to find us: Head South on Portage Rd from downtown. We are located across from the Washington Square branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library. (The library is on your right, Fire will be on your left off of Portage Rd.)
Friday, January 2nd!
FREE of charge, food, drinks, art, fun. 5-8 pm!!
First Friday poetry and open mic featuring artist, poet and activist Melissa Dey Hasbrook.
Doors open at 8 pm
Open mic at 8:30 pm
Feature at 9 pm
Melissa is also our Art Hop artist for the month. Come early to view her feature exhibition "Standing in the Light"! This exhibit includes book art and installation art created on-site. Doors open at 5:00pm. At 7:00pm, join Melissa for a hands-on collective creation that will stay in the exhibition!
. . . building bridges . . .
In work terms, I am a writer, artist, and community organizer bridging the creative and healing arts. (read more at http://deyofthephoenix.com/)
. . . engaging communities . . .
In life terms, I am a survivor-activist who draws strength from community. (read more at http://deyofthephoenix.com/)
. . . artist statement . . .
My creative process is interdisciplinary, combining the literary, performance, and visual arts. Poetry often serves as an interactive springboard — whether engaged with a live audience, installed in a gallery, or designed as book art. Some prevailing themes across these projects include healing, nature, spirituality, and social justice.
. . . brief herstory . . .
My ancestral roots are Cherokee, Prussian, and Irish. My creativity took root in Mid-Michigan as a poet. In cooperation, these roots grew the book Circle … Home. And these roots continue to nourish me and, ultimately, widen the trunk of my artistry and survival.
Photo courtesy of artist, poet and activist Melissa Dey Hasbrook
First Friday Poetry
January 2nd after Art Hop
Feature Poet: denise miller
Doors Open @ 8 pm
click the video below to hear how Fire has touched the community
"Fire... optimistically affects the community by promoting programs that improve social justice and hone individuals' authentic self-expression through forms such as: Poetry, Hip-hop, Visual Art, Improv, Comedy, Culinary programs, Photography, etc. "
- Devonnte DeJarnette, Fire young adult staff member