Tonight’s Iconoclast Session will feature academic poet Leslie Contreras Schwartz and community poet Xach Blunt with DJ Yung Chris. Iconoclast Sessions are quarterly performance gatherings free and open to the public.
Leslie Contreras Schwartz is an accomplished multi-genre writer from Houston whose work examines the individual versus public bodies and documents lived experiences and narratives of those usually silenced, including people with mental illness, sex workers, trafficked women, and children in custody. A 2018 Houston Poet Laureate finalist, Schwarz was also a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize. She is a graduate of Rice University and of the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Schwartz is currently a poetry editor at Four Way Review and lectures at the University of Houston.
Xach Blunt is one of Iconoclast Artists' distinguished teaching fellows and a gifted performance poet, who competes at major slam events throughout the year. Poetry informs how Blunt sees the world, whether zooming out to observe how society functions, or focusing inward to interrogate his own personal relationships. Through poetry, his goal is to encourage others to embrace the human experience and its range of emotions, which allows us to recognize that we have more in common than we realize. In 2018, Blunt and his four teammates placed 5th in the nation at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago.
This event will take place in Fondren Hall. Free parking is available across the street on the corner of Fannin and Binz. For more information, visit IconoclastArtists.org