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July 9, 2024

ValleyCAST hosts: The Notion of Play: Hopscotch - Poetry and Performance

July 9, 2024
Singh Performance Center

Please join us as we celebrate the lyrical talents of poets Celeste Nazeli Snowber and Nancy Agabian, together with visual artists Susan Denniston, Silvina Mizrahi, Sally B. Moore, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, Jennifer Jean Okumura, and Donna Pomponio as they make waves in the art scene with their upparalleled voice and style in Hopscotch. An expansive poetic and visual performance awaits on Tuesday, July 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Hopscotch reaches into the past, projects into the future, and radiates textured emotions through experiences by Celeste, Nancy, Susan, Silvina, Sally, Marsha, Jennifer, and Donna. They push the envelope and bridge various artistic elements to make a well-rounded, dynamic show hopscotch through eternity!

Photo of Poet Nancy Agabian Poet Nancy Agabian is a writer, teacher, and literary organizer who works in the intersections of queer, feminist, and Armenian American identity. She is the author of Princess Freak (Beyond Baroque Books, 2000), a mixed genre collection of poems, short prose, and performance texts, and Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter (Aunt Lute Books, 2008) a memoir. In 2021, Nancy received the Jeanne Cordova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction from Lambda Literary. Her 2023 novel The Fear of Large and Small Nations, a multilayered epic on Armenian Diaspora-homeland relationships, was honored as a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged Fiction and the Foreward Indies Award for Multicultural Fiction. A longtime community-based writing workship facilitator, she teaches creative writing at universities, art centers, adn online. She currently serves on the board of directors of the International Armenian Literary Alliance.
Celeste Nazeli Snowber, PhD is a dancer, poet/writer, and award-winning educator who is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University ourside Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Celeste has written extensively, and her books include Embodied Inquiry: Writing living and being through the body, three collections of poetry, and more recently Dance, poetics and place: Site-specific performance as a portal to knowing. Celeste's latest book of poetry, The Morrow of Longing, explored her Armenian identity. Celeste is presently finishg a book entitled, Creating in dangerous times. The essence of her performative work centers around site-specfic performance in the natural world and complete one-woman-shows that integrate comedy, contemporary dance, and improvisation. She has perfromed and spoken internationally for concert venues, galleries, museums, conferences, and in various outdoor spaces and is a frequent collaborator with other artists. Celeste can be found at www.celestesnowber.com or more ideally, dancing between land and sea. 

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