Storyteller Kathya Alexander
Kathya Alexander is a writer, actor, poet, playwright and teaching artist. She was a writer-in-residence at the prestigious Hedgebrook Women Writer's Retreat and won the Fringe First Award for "Black to My Roots: African American Tales from the Head and the Heart" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for Outstanding New Production in Edinburgh, Scotland. As Literary Director for Brownbox Theater, an African American theater company in Seattle, she has written several plays including "emotionalblackmale" for Seattle University's Declaration of Independents Project; "David & Jonathan: A Modern Day Retelling of the Biblical Story" staged at Seattle Repertory Theater; "Dream'n" (hip hop adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream); "HumaNature" (choreopoem dance); and "Home Going." She is the author of "Angel in the Outhouse;" "God the Mother: A Creation Story;" and "God the Mother Calendar." Her writing has also appeared in Colors Northwest Magazine. Ms. Alexander is a member of the African American Writers' Alliance and the Seattle Storytellers Guild.
Alexander will perform "With Hope and With Morning: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement" as the third installment of the Intercultural Center Storyteller Series. Modern day representations of the Civil Rights Movements are often limited to Martin Luther King's speeches and assassination. But the success of the Civil Rights Movement was due to thousands of heroic acts done by ordinary people. Based on her experiences growing up in the segregated South, Alexander makes this important time in history come alive.
Q&A to follow. Desserts will be served. Sponsored by the Intercultural Center and BSU.