Excerpts from Paper Dreams & Other Collections. 2013. Performance.
This was my first public reading ever. This was the first time I wasn't reading aloud in front of a class, but instead, to a room of strangers. The reading was held at the Siragusa Gallery at 162 N. State Street, which was the only SAIC dorm building I had not lived in while I attended school. The exhibition, Buck-Art 37th, was something the staff at the Buckingham Residence Hall, where I had been living in, invited our floor to participate in.
I remember being excited to exhibit some sculptures I had made, as well as a drawing I had done, because there wasn't a way I could display my writing yet. "I can't just do a reading," I remember saying, to which my RA responded, "Why not?" So, it was because of this show, I set myself up a little stage with the help of so many people. I picked pieces from my not-yet published book, Paper Dreams & Other Collections, and practiced so many times until the day of the show.
Almost my entire family was in attendence. It was a very proud moment for me, and I will cherish the opportunity forever.