Wendy Brown-Baez - words to light our way
Appearances
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            photos curtesy of Orlando Diaz, Monica Del Castillo and Ned Haggard
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My performances cross the boundaries between cultures, between emotional
and transcendent states, between the spiritual and the sensual, and
between poetry and theater. In the Bay Area Express, Natasha Nargis wrote:
"She works the room with maximum theatricality, drawing those who are
transfixed on the drama before them into her vivid, vibrant world." 
My style has been described by Stefen, a Berkeley muralist, as "more like a dance" 
as I unfold my heart to show the world a reflection of its own beauty.
My hope is that we realize we are not alone, though solitary....and my inner landscape affirms 
that when I perform.
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 Cuba and Jerusalem, bursting with life and history and humanity, seemed to erupt into the room. Others, about pain and grief and loss, sunk their hooks into us, touched something deep inside. The energy and empathy of her poems was infectious, and it got us all.
                            --Gabrielle Santiago, Patrick's Cabaret
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Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival     
Friday, October 17 2014 at 7:00 pm
Coffee Bené
53 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, 55105

The Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival features writers published in the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac reading their stories and poems in venues around the city. Events are free and open to the public. Be among the first to get you copy and hear the stories from the writers. Almanac readings are hosted by Cracked Walnut!

Featured Authors:
Wendy Brown-Baez 
Kinzy Janssen
Kathryn Kysar
Patrick Werle
Maryam Marne Zafar

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Holy Cow! Press published an anthology on the theme of Home and  I am honored that my personal essay Seeking Sanctuary is included: 

The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home

This beautiful collection  includes poetry and prose from local writers that I know personally such as Margaret Hasse, Cary Waterman, Ethna McKiernan, Jill Breckenridge,  Mary Kay Rummel, and writers I have yet to meet: Karen Herseth Wee, Miriam Weinstein, James Cihlar, Alice Owen Duggan, Molly Sutton Kiefer, Linda Kantner, Julie Landsman, Amy Nash, and Ellen Shriner, and writers that I admire such as Marge Piercy and Naomi Shihab Nye. 

Available at www.holycowpress.org and through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, this collection makes an excellent Christmas present. The work ranges from nostalgia to escape, from roots to homelessness, from where we feel a sense of belonging to where we can spread our wings and fly.  

excerpt on my blog: wendysmuse


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The Lord Have Mercy Show

                               A Mother’s Love. A Mother’s Grief.
The healing power of words.
                   poems by Wendy Brown-Báez
with soloist Rachealann Haasken 
and dancer Linda Lundquist
Friday July 20 & Saturday July 21 2012 @ 7:30 pm
Patricks’ Cabaret Open Call
3010 Minnehaha(Lake & Minnehaha) 55406 
 


Art of Recovery exhibition Minnesotans who have been victims or survivors of crime have expressed their experiences through the arts. The exhibition displays art and writings by those who have used the arts to respond, explore, express or heal. To read: Artist Statement, Rage and The Dark Edge go to the Minnesota State Arts Board website and look under my name in the gallery


Saint Paul Almanac: Lowertown Poetry Jam presents the after school writers of Face to Face Academy in Yours Truly directed by Wendy Brown-Báez
 
Face to Face Academy is a charter school that enables students who have fallen behind in traditional settings to work toward graduation. Our after school writing group wrote about home and dangerous neighborhoods, happy and broken families, the joys and struggles of parenting, how to make the world a better place, sorrows and disappointments, our dreams and our blessings. Yours Truly presents our personal stories and collaborative poems, a reflection of what it means to be young, vibrant, determined, curious, and wise.

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         2004 Venus Rising with Marcia Starck 
Word Dancers Southwest Literary Center
2009


MPLS: Publication party February 27th 2009
with Nadia Giordana,


                                






at Altered Esthetics Gallery Exhibition
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
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