Inspired by the combinatory nature of André Breton's poème-objet, COMING UP FROM THE BLOOD is an occasion of language, allowing the surreal to manifest in space and place—just as text and object "excite each other" in the exhibition. The poet presents the self as art, engaging in an intimate act of translation. In a classic call and response, each artist journeys through emotional, spiritual, and physical dialogues between the self and the artwork, bringing forth language true to land, lineage, and liberation. These artists respond to the fictive dreamscape of The Artist as Poet by embracing the conjure in creation, the multidimensionality of reality, and the serendipity of the surreal. Each poem is complete through its delivery and engagement, presenting the poem as an event—or series of events—making up COMING UP FROM THE BLOOD.
Performing Poet| Darius V. Daughtry is a playwright, director, and educator. He is the founder and artistic director of Art Prevails Project, a performing and literary arts organization cultivating community and creating equitable access to the arts through performance, arts education, and community engagement. Daughtry understands how exposure to and participation in the arts can impact individuals and help shift cultural landscapes to transform communities. He has been commissioned to write, perform, and conduct workshops for various organizations, such as the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Florida, the Poetry Foundation, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Adrienne Arsht Center, Broward and Miami-Dade Schools, and various municipalities throughout South Florida. He is the author of a poetry collection, And the Walls Came Tumbling, an introspective poetic memoir and cultural critique full of vulnerable, introspective poems that explore the intersections of race, class, and gender through a brutally unforgiving lens.
Performing Poet| Ciara Janay Hendrix is a Fort Lauderdale native, poet, and freelance journalist. She earned her B.S. in Integrative Health in 2012 from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Earlier this year, she decided to take the plunge and dedicate herself to poetry and journalism full time, and become familiar with her artistic voice. She is also pursuing a certificate in Grant Writing that will leverage her writing gift to continue fostering community. Her writing artistry focuses on using nature and its elements to translate the things we are too often afraid to say. Her poetry relies on sensuality—in engaging multiple senses at once to transport the reader (you) betwixt memories and worlds. Hendrix is of the mind that stillness and shadow work, although complex, are the keys to conjuring and cultivating sustainable joy.
Programmer + Performing Poet | Arsimmer McCoy, is an educator, cultural worker, performance, and collaborative artist from Richmond Heights, Florida. McCoy's work echoes conversations about identity, self-reflection, human interaction, legacy, and grace. Her writings also delve into her experiences of growing up in Miami—often exploring its nuances through storytelling. McCoy currently works as the interim director of operations for Bookleggers, a nonprofit mobile library that expands access to free books as a way of building community. McCoy is a part of the summer cohort artist residency at Bakehouse Art Complex, the recipient of the 2021 Miami Foundation racial equity grant, and Locust Project's 2021 Wavemaker grant recipient. When McCoy is not writing, she is working on her passion project of turning her home into a museum/exhibition space, and mothering her 11-year-old daughter who dances like fire. McCoy holds a B.A. in English from Florida Memorial University.
Youth Poet|Surayyah Muhammad is a 17-year-old youth artist in the city of Miami. She is, and has been, involved in many local youth internships such as the Urgent Inc., F.A.C.E internship, and Florida Film House's summer film program. She is currently a part of Voices: Poetry for the People collective and the Arts 4 Learning summer internship as a creative writing intern.
Performing Poet| Christell Victoria Roach is a writer born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is an MFA Candidate at The University of Miami studying poetry. She graduated from Emory University's class of 2019, with a B.A. in creative writing and African American studies. She writes the "Blues of the Southern Tropics." Roach places her poetry in conversation with Black artists and scholars when she describes her writing as "critically fabulist wake-work rooted in the demonic" after Saidiya Hartman, Christina Sharpe, and Katherine McKittrick respectively. Roach is a poet and playwright, but she sees research as comprehensive storytelling. Her work is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. Her previously published writing appears with the Academy of American Poets, Scalawag Magazine, The Miami Rail, and SWIMM Magazine. She looks forward to sharing her first book, "Bluesing," with her community and beyond soon!
Performing Poet| ArtLoveTrap (Cesar and Markus) is a mixed media artist, musician, songwriter, and poet of Haitian and Jamaican descent, living in Miami, Florida. Caesar's Poetry /Songwriting style is about self-reflective moments throughout his life and career. Markus describes his art as his own "hunger for change"—always pushing work that is thought-provoking and encourages people to deepen their views on human connectivity and societal practices. Casear's focus as of late has been geared towards cultivating and fluidly practicing his art, which began as a routine reflection for him in 2016. Markus draws a majority of his art inspiration from Jacob Lawrence, Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Bisa Butler. By Utilizing textiles, acrylic paint, wood, and even steel to create large-scale images, Markus creates images that he channels from the unsuspecting emotions he observes in the faces and words of people he interacts with within Miami's diverse communities.