Poet, muscian, and hip hop recording artist Tim'm T. West comes to Outwrite to share his latest book of poetry, Flirting which follows his chapbook, BARE: notes from a porchdweller which chronicles his move from California to DC, his new hopes, and his new loves. In 2004, Tim'm released "Songs from Red Dirt" on Cellular Records, a musical complement to his first book, 2002's Red Dirt Revival: a poetic memoir in 6 Breaths.
In June 2007, while working to publish Flirting, Tim'm completed his second solo release "Blakkboy Blue(s)" which has already been received with high expectations and great critical acclaim.
Most recently, Tim'm has been hosting the 'Front Porch' series, a Spoken Word/Hip-Hop/Soul Monthly in DC. The Front Porch in DC will continue, while Tim'm develops a similar gathering of progressive artists and intellectuals in Atlanta.
In Flirting, another poetic memoir, expressed mostly through poetry (though also prose and essay), West flirts with memory, girls, boys, danger, politics, and romance. Known for his brave testimonials, West writes in the tradition of poets like Audre Lorde, Essex Hemphill, and Pablo Neruda who all seize language as a tool reflecting social change while bridging political and erotic landscapes.
While rooted in his experiences as a black, gay-identified poet, emcee, activist, and educator, Flirting is an invitation to (re)connect others to that optimistic, joyful space where, even between rocks and hard places, hope springs eternal. An emcee and Spoken Word artist he is regarded as a poet who comfortably navigates language that respects the formal conventions of his training, while honoring rhythm and lexicon of a Hip Hop generation. Beyond word play, there is profound meaning and possibility in Flirting.
Check out Tim'm's website for more information about the artist and to hear examples of his music, www.reddirt.biz. (booksense)