Currently booking exclusively for the We Are Owed. Tour with the exception of classroom visits and poetry slam features. To book Ariana, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1 Hour Dual Performance with Alan Pelaez Lopez and 30 Minute Live Dialogue
- Live Performances must take place as Zoom webinars or through StreamYard
Combining Pelaez Lopez’s 10 years of organizing with Black and queer migrants and Brown’s 10-year-long spoken word and teaching career, this performance creates an interactive experience that addresses the joyful and traumatic conditions of the Black child in the U.S.; imagines Black queer futures outside of state-sanctioned violence; and offers concrete tools to help individuals and their communities rethink how we offer and accept care from one another.
This performance echoes Brown’s sentiment, “I have never needed heaven, just Black people,” and Pelaez Lopez’s notion that “we create abundance where we thought there was none.” Following the performance, both poets will engage in a live dialogue.
- 1 Hour 30 Minute workshops co-facilitated by Ariana Brown and Alan Pelaez Lopez
- Workshops must take place as closed Zoom meetings not open to the public
Gender, Sexuality, Freedom
Gender and sexuality inform not only how we see ourselves, but how we experience the world. In this workshop, we will explore how gender and sexual orientation affect our relationships to power and freedom.
Caring for Each Other
Since oppressive logics such as white supremacy and capitalism inform our relationships with others, it is crucial to ask: how can we provide better care to one another? This workshop explores how we understand collective care and political solidarity as part of the journey toward liberation for all.
- 1 Hour (30 Minute Artist Talk + 30 Minute Q&A)
- Artist Talks must take place as Zoom webinars
Taking Care of Black Girls When the World Won't
In this artist talk, Ariana Brown describes finding her way to poetry in 2009 and using it as a tool for personal and communal care. Ariana will contextualize her work within Black performance traditions and rituals, particularly in local slam poetry communities in Texas. Drawing on her lived experience as a queer Black Mexican American and her research in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies, Ariana will trace her attempts to recover Black girlhood not just for herself, but for other Black girls too. Combining storytelling, poems, and dialogue, this artist talk is an opportunity to hear from Ariana directly about how her identities and politics shape her writing.