Los Angeles based writer and Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow, Carolyn Martone brings Lit Up Writers: a live storytelling show blending comedy and literature, to Taos to benefit SOMOS and Metta Young Artists this Saturday. Featuring the talent of: Linda Michel-Cassidy, John Biscello, Ned Dougherty, Joanne Nelson, Gary Feureman, Clint Murphy, Johanna DeBiase (that’s me!), Eric Mack and hosted by author, David Perez. I’m so excited that Carolyn asked me to be a part of this!
I will be reading the personal essay, This American Hair Life, about my experiments with body hair while living in Alaska. A subdued version of this piece originally appeared on xoJane where it incited hundreds of angry comments about white people appropriating black culture. My response to this was to chant Sanskrit mantras for peace in my silk kimono while bellydancing to Latin beats.