Writers Corps Profile: Markeith Wiley by Daemond Arrindell Nov 15, 2016

by Daemond Arrindell


drawing by Tessa Hulls

This season, an Ambassador Writers Corps* Member will write a profile on each of the nine local artists in 16/17. These in-depth conversations between local artists and local writers will take the place of curatorial notes in the performance programs. 


“I like when people are trapped in the joke, when there’s no escape. I like to lead people down the wrong path and then trap them.” -Paul Mooney

Markeith Wiley wants us to look at ourselves - to take a good, hard, long look at ourselves. Which is the exact opposite of what most of us want during a show. Hell, I could stay home and see myself. And Markeith isn’t talking about a simple glimpse in the mirror either - not a quick check to see if there’s something in my teeth. More like: Is there...

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Markeith Wiley Special Guests: Natasha Marin Nov 14, 2016

by Erin

From Natasha Marin's website:

"Natasha Marin is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. Her written work has been translated into several languages and has been showcased in exhibitions, performances and events around the world. She is a Cave Canem fellow and a Hedgebrook alum who has been published in periodicals like the Feminist Studies Journal, African American Review, and the Caribbean Writer. She received grants from the City of Austin, Artist Trust, and the City of Seattle for community projects involving text-based, visual, performance, and multimedia art."

In addition to other projects, Marin recently launched the Reparations website and program. Learn more and take action here.

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Markeith Wiley in City Arts Magazine Nov 14, 2016

by Erin



Artist Markeith Wiley on the cover of City Arts Magazine:

In any social context, labeling is a convenient shorthand, a way to quickly convey a condensed idea to another person. It’s fast and easy, but it’s also lazy and limiting. Many artists are hybrids these days, but what happens when an artist expands the scope of their work past the point of hyphenating?

Markeith Wiley has long been known as a choreographer-dancer, and he is certainly that. He’s performed with Spectrum Dance Theater and Velocity Dance Center, worked with everyone from modern dance powerhouse KT Niehoff to drag/dance/burlesque geniuses Kitten and Lou, created daunting amounts of his own work and for a while ran...

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Markeith Wiley Special Guests: Ryan Vinson (sketch lightly) Nov 14, 2016

by Erin

Ryan Vinson (sketch lightly) is a performer, musician, and poet. In addition to solo work, he also performs as one-half of the hip hop duo Said the Starling.

Listen to and buy music here.

Watch a video here.



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Markeith Wiley Special Guests: Sam Picart Nov 14, 2016

by Erin

Sam Picart is a Seattle dancer and choreographer who originally started dancing in Kansas City. He has developed (and continues to develop) his own unique movement integrating street and contemporary dance styles. Picart studied dance at Cornish College of the Arts as well as the Joffrey Ballet. Picart is a founding member of Ashani Dances, performs and choreographs with Seattle's Au Collective, and recently *won* the Ellen Degeneres dance-off competition

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Markeith Wiley Special Guests: Evan Flory-Barnes Nov 14, 2016

by Erin

Evan Flory-Barnes is an upright bass player and composer based in Seattle. Flory-Barnes is known for both solo and ensemble work as well as playing with the Seattle jazz (and more) group Industrial Revelation

Flory-Barnes focuses on music, words, and empathy to bring people together. His philosophy for Seattle: “With valuing self and creating self-expression, the opportunity is here for the creative folks, the artists, to really have a deeply engaged hang to create a vibrant and flourishing atmosphere that no city has seen. We must exit the haze of devaluation and false modesty. Those days are – they have to be – closed.” [From a Crosscut "City Superhero" profile.]...

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Markeith Wiley Special Guests: Dani Tirrell Nov 14, 2016

by Erin

Dani Tirrell is a dancer/choreographer and founder and Artistic Director of Dani Tirrell Dance Theater/Color Lines Dance Ensemble. A teacher as well, he currently teaches Modern, House and Vogue throughout the Seattle area. Audiences may have seen some of Tirrell's extrememly personal dance/theater/film work dealing with themes of black queer identity in Seattle and the USA. 

Watch some of Tirrell's work here. 

Tirrell is currently an On the Boards Programming Ambassador. Catch more of Tirrell's choreographic work at OtB in the upcoming HOUSE OF DINAH.

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Markeith Wiley Special Guests: Imani Sims Nov 14, 2016

by Erin


A beautiful summary from Imani Sims' website:

As a 1st grader, who had just learned the art of “Beginning Middle End,” Imani wrote a story about a tiny elephant, named Tinka, who felt different because she was smaller than all the other elephants. At the time, Imani had no idea that this short story would go on to be the debut work of a poet.

Much later in life, as a high school student, she didn’t know that a pesky moment of curiosity would lead to her first performance poem. As a nosey little sister, she would regularly bother her older brother as he was doing his homework. On a fateful fall day he taught her to write poetry, and she instantly knew poetry was a great way to alleviate...

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