Title: Glenn North - CSF Generative Performing Awards Fellow 2009
Description: Glenn North is a nationally recognized performance poet who has shared the stage with such noted poets as Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka, and whose original spoken word tracks are featured on CDs including Out of the Comfort Zone by the Jazz Disciples, Release by the Phantom, and The Experience by Tru Sol. Norths work has been commissioned by entities including Points of Light Foundation, the Norman Lear Center, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and Kansas City Public Library. He has been a featured poet at events hosted by MTV Rock the Vote, NAACP Black History Month, and KC Repertory Theatre in conjunction with the world premiere of Clay. This spring, he was accepted into the prestigious, highly competitive Cave Canem program, a five year program of week-long retreats for African American poets held annually at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The retreat residencies offer Fellows the opportunity to join a community and to study with a world-class faculty that includes Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa and many others.
Launched in 2008, the Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards support and recognize artists creating outstanding, innovative, original work in the fields of dance, theater, music, experimental music performance, theater/performance art, and hybrid/interdisciplinary versions thereof. The awards seek to foster the continued creative and professional development of the selected artists, provide the means for them to further focus on and develop their work, and increase exposure for their accomplishments, as the CSF Visual Artist Awards have done since 1997. Through its Awards programs, CSF seeks to contribute to the vitality of Kansas City's art community and to enhance Kansas City's desirability as a place for artists to work and live.