Come enjoy an Evening of Music and Poetry and support hurricane relief aid to Puerto Rico
Colleen Kattau and Martin Espada will present poetry and music on
Saturday – October 21 – 7:30 pm
Colleen is a bilingual vocalist, guitarist and composer of songs. Her poetic originals and charismatic stage presence inspire hope and spark imagination and audience participation! After a show audience members frequently tell her “You touched my soul”.
Colleen has shared the stage with legendary performers Pete Seeger (he actually called her once when she was working in her garden- he loved “Singin down” the SOA with her and Jolie Rickman), Holly Near with whom she toured in 2012, and Tom Paxton.
She’s been a selected showcase artist at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Under the name, Dos XX, she and her band won the 2013 Band Contest at Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Ithaca, NY.
Colleen is a featured musician at the gates of Ft. Benning, GA, in the movement to close the SOA. She has performed on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, is a long time arts activist who believes in the transformative power of song and all the arts to create a better world. She recently won the Jon Fromer String-buster songwriting award at the Great Labor Arts Conference in Silver Spring, MD.
“Joe Hill would be proud. Great singer and organizer at the same time,” — Pete Seeger
Colleen is joined by Dos XX band members Jane Zell, lead guitar and Mike Brandt on bass.
About Martin Espada: Called by Sandra Cisneros “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors,” Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). He has received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection, Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and has been issued in a new edition by Curbstone/Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Colleen and Martin are true warriors for peace and social justice. They have prepared an evening of music and poetry which will both entertain, inspire and give aid to the Puerto Rican hurricane relief efforts. Colleen will donate 25% of her net earnings from the door and both Colleen and Martin will donate all profits from CD and book sales to the relief of those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In addition, collection of extra donations will be made throughout the evening.
For reservations, click on “Reservations” at the top of the page or call 413-336-2589
Suggested donation: $10 to $30
Link to Martin reading: Martin Espada at rally reading En La Calle San Sebastian