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The Fighter and The Writer: Litquake presents The Barbary Coast Award to Ishmael Reed
12 Oct 2011 7:30 pm
12 Oct 2011 9:30 pm

$12 advance; $15 at the door
Brown Paper Tickets

Poet, publisher, novelist, dramatist, and more, Ishmael Reed is one of the most prolific and thought-provoking authors at work in America today. From his first novel The Free-Lance Pallbearers (1967) to his latest, Juice! (2011), and through poetry, plays, essays, and anthologies, the iconoclastic trailblazer has pointedly highlighted our nation’s political and cultural repression. Reed has been instrumental in exposing the work of new authors through his online literary magazine Konch and the Ishmael Reed Publishing Company. He is also a jazz pianist and lyricist and has worked with such talented musicians as Taj Mahal, Allen Toussaint, Cassandra Wilson, and David Murray. Join us for an evening of music, poetry, tributes, and drama in honor of Reed and his long-standing contributions to the Bay Area literary scene. Featuring emcee W. Kamau Bell, music from Broun Fellinis, and live dramatic performances directed by Carla Blank.

Wajahat Ali, W. Kamau Bell, Carla Blank, Clark Blaise, Broun Fellinis, Ianthe Brautigan Swensen, Juan Felipe Herrera, Yuri Kageyama, Alejandro Murguía, Claire Ortalda, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed

Dramatic Performance

ACT II, Scene 6 from Body Parts, a serious comedy in two acts by Ishmael Reed

Cast: Seth Corr, Sherry Davis, Boadiba, Tennessee Reed (Narrator)

Z Space, 450 Florida St.
San Francisco
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Major Kudos to You Ishmael Reed


Great to see you receiving the "flowers" you have earned so well. 

Peace, blessings, and gratitude,


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You greatly deserve any award you receive. Your work is unforgettable and has significantly influenced and inspired me. Thank you.

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Ishmael Reed is Phenomenal

There are only few people in the world like Ishmael Reed. He is an inspiration to me.