J. Otis Powell! is a writer and performance artist whose current projects include a self-described “performance novel” with the working title of Bottomless Sky, a performance art event titled A Being In Motion, and a multi-media DVD titled NEWS AS ABSTRACT TRUTH. Powell! is a curator of BRIDGES, a performance art initiative with Pangea World Theater and a teaching artist and editor for the Archie Givens, Sr. Foundation.
Past recordings include THEOLOGY: Love & Revolution, Words Will Heal The Wound, an anthology produced for National Poetry Month by MNSWA (The Minnesota Spoken Word Association) and This Cat Is Out, in association with The New Day Blues Band.
Powell!’s published works include My Tongue Has No Bone from Porter Publishing and THEOLOGY: Love & Revolution on Traffic Street Press and his articles and poems have appeared in numerous local and regional reviews and publications.
He is the recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Arts, a Loft Creative Nonfiction Award, a Jerome Travel Study Grant and Jerome Mid-Career Artist’s Grant and, as one of the founders of the Write on Radio! literary arts program on KFAI, a Special Merit Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
News As Abstract Truth
A DVD release party & performance!
With Author Alexs Pate as MC
Monday, March 26th at 7:30pm
At Patrick's Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave S., Minneapolis
Tickets $10 - Reservations call 612.721.3595
The funds raised will help to pay major expenses related to J. Otis' recent kidney transplant.
Created by writer and performance artist J. Otis Powell! and photographer Bill Cottman with musicians Michael O'Brien, Tom Kanthak, David Echelard, Linda Breitag, Steven Hirsh, Emel Sherzad.
"There is nothing quite like being within the reality of News As Abstract Truth. I find myself longing for its sound, thinking about its images, forgetting this is someone else's dream." - from the liner notes by Alexs Pate.
Marya Morstad was the recipient of the 2004 National Federation of Community Broadcasters “Golden Reel” award for best local documentary for "Art and Spirit Matters: Arts and Religion in the Twin Cities." Morstad is the host of “Art Matters” a weekly arts program on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio.