Motus Theater, in collaboration with the Student Creative Writing Association (sCWA) at CU-Boulder, will bring to Boulder the world-renowned slam poet champion Dominique Christina, who will perform poems about current civil rights challenges in honor of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event launches from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous statement: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal,” as Dominique challenges us all to find our own language, action, and voice during this challenging time.
After her performance, Dominique Christina will engage the audience in a conversation on her poems and current civil rights challenges.
Dominique Christina is an award-winning writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in the three years she competed, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and the 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently the only person to have won two Women of the World Poetry Championships. She is also the 2013 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition Champion (NUPIC), and 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently an actor/writer for the HBO series High Maintenance Season 2 and has done branding for Under Armour’s #UnlikeAny campaign.
Dominique Christina’s work is greatly influenced by her family’s legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and by the idea that words make worlds. Her grandfather was a Hall of Famer in the Negro Leagues, while her aunt received the Congressional Medal of Honor for desegregating Central High School in Little Rock. Her poetry rises out of the civil rights legacy of Dr. King and she has brought it forward to the challenges facing African Americans today. In addition, she brings a strong feminist lens to her poetic explorations of civil rights and current injustices.
Natalie Sharp will open for Dominique Christina’s performance. Natalie Sharp is a Black queer writer, dancer, and activist based in Denver, CO. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also teaches undergraduate creative writing. Natalie was a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee and a 2017 Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow in poetry. She is a finalist for the 2017 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets and the 2018 Denver Mercury representative for the Women of the World Poetry Slam. If you propose to her in a Waffle House, she will probably say yes.