When Poets Found Bass, Lowertown Reading Jam


The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the fifth in its 2012-2013 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city.

The “When Poets Found Bass” Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by Saymoukda Vongsay, features performances by Fres Thao, Desdamona, Truthmaze, and Saymoukda Vongsay, with music by DJ Kool Akiem.

About the “When Poets Found Bass” Lowertown Reading Jam

A poet, an MC, and a DJ walk into a coffee and wine bar…

In the last decade, the rise of spoken word poetry and poetry slams have given much attention to the literary art form itself-poetry. With poetry’s performative aspects being akin to the stylized delivery of vocals in rap music, the line between spoken word poetry and rap has been blurred and the debate on whether or not rap is poetry and vice versa continues to leave commentators on either end of the spectrum. But what happens when poetry and rap intersect? Truthmaze, Desdamona, and Fres-three local luminaries from the world of poetry and Hip Hop-take us on a lyrical adventure and prove that the tools, devices, and guidelines observed by poets are the very same ones utilized by MCs. Without stripping away either of poetry’s or rap’s own aesthetics, these trailblazers have a dual identity, equally at ease when writing stanzas in notebooks or spitting bars over a track. Whether your cup of tea is more Blake than Big Daddy Kane, or if you prefer Aesop Rock over Angelou, this Lowertown Reading Jam is for you.