Local poet will read at jazz photo show

The LSU Museum of Art in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayettte St., will present a program with Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, as part of its “Discover the Collection - First Free Sunday.”

This program will further explore the current exhibition, Eye on Jazz Photographs by Herman Leonard. Skidmore will be performing poems from his yet unpublished, collection, Taking Solos During Intermission, a series of literary snapshots taken from the life of a working musician, who also happens to be a poet. This program is free.

“Xero is a much loved treasure here in Baton Rouge, and having him in the museum reading amongst Herman Leonard’s iconic jazz photographs creates an opportunity for both Leonard’s work as well as Skidmore’s words to resonate on another level,” said Lucy Perera, coordinator of School and Community Programs. “The connection between the verbal and visual is fascinating, with new interpretations created according to context. We look forward to having Xero in the Museum sharing his spoken word art, which will create a fresh opportunity to not only honor the legends of the past, but also to listen to the power of the spoken word as it relates to and is inspired by life and music.”

Skidmore, executive director of Forward Arts, is a poet, educator and organizer from Baton Rouge. He was twice ranked among the top five slam poets in the United Sates, and his work has been published in the anthology, Spoken Word Revolution Redux by Sourcebooks mediaFusion and the Spring 2010 volume of the New Delta Review by LSU Press.

Skidmore teaches poetry to teens in Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas through the WordPlay Writing Project, a program of Forward Arts. His work is heavily influenced by 1980s hip hop music and also experiences as a professional percussionist.

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