2012 3Arts Teaching Artist Awardee, writer, performer avery r. young is a Cave Canem Fellow who’s artwork blends phonetics, linguistics, hymns, jazz and hip hop to depict the politics and inspiring attributes attached to the stories of a people. Dubbed “sunday mornin jook-joint,” mr. young’s work merges spiritual and secular aesthetics with dramatic and comedic sensibilities. young has worked as a teaching artist, mentoring and shaping youth in the craft of creative writing and theatre. He has written curriculum for Columbia College – Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star magazine and Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department. His work has been published in AIMPrint, The Teaching Artist Journal, swaggerzine., Callallou, To Be Left With The Body, Warpland, Coon Bidness, Reverie Review, War Diaries, Make Magazine, The Spaces Between Us and Fingernails Across The Chalkboard. young has performed in the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza, WordStock and is featured on such compilations as New World Reveal-A-Solution, Audio Truism, Catfish Haven’s Devastator and New Skool Poetics. young has appeared on BET, MTV, ABC and WGN’s Morning News. young is currently a 2012/13 Public Life Artist-In-Residence Program at University of Chicago.
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Rhymes: James Brown "Take Some... Leave Some", Nina Simone "See-Line Woman", and Gil Scott Heron "The Bottle"