The Art of Rebellion
Get ready to sit down and feel slightly uncomfortable. As that is what all art does. With two primary Spoken Word Artists Jasper Hardin and Adina K Burke, author most noted for her book Wheelchairs, Whips, and Bondage Tape, the only Bondage that she wants her people freed from is the Bondage of Oppression. Wendy is a woman who plays guitar so beautifully when she sings in Hebrew, which you may or may not understand, you’ll just tap along to the melody and fit right in without any worries. Seriously, don’t worry. Rabbis occasionally mess up chords and must queue the audience when to sit and when to stand. You’ll be fine. Jasper has self-published a book titled “If I Could Be a Galaxy”, and seeing as we are trying to survive the Trump Administration, while white feminism doesn’t acknowledge its history of anti-Semitism, nor does the wash of Jews of Color, who are and always have been here, so no wonder they want to be a Galaxy, we’d be so much closer to the moon or the black hole that may or may not exist, just so we can launch ourselves into a place without Anti-Semitism. We are not alike, but we are family, and we are here. That within itself is act of rebellion. The Nazis may still be here, but we’re dead set on winning. Our existence is proof that Nazi ideals have lost. We have won, and we’re prepared to win again.
Adina is an individual who doesn't like talking about herself very much and instead insists on writing about herself. She is the author of Bird’s Eye and Wheelchair’s Whips and Bondage Tape. She also produced her own spoken word album called The Hatbox Collective. She has featured at a variety of events in Minnesota including: FEMN Fest, Shhh, Speak, Smitten Kitten’s education series and NAMI’s annual conference. Born in 1990 with a sweet taste in her mouth for cynical and dry wit, such characteristics can be found in her work and overall demeanor. Much to her credit, she has found a way to make this seem incredibly endearing.
Minneapolis-based musician Wendy C Johnson received her degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Minnesota in 2015. She studied under Maja Radovanlija. Since graduating, she has become involved with She Rock She Rock, a local Minnesota non-profit dedicated to empowering women, girls, and gender non-binary folks through the art of music. She taught for three years as a part of their Girls’ Rock and Roll Retreat summer program and now serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. She also works for Hopewell Music Cooperative, a Minnesota non-profit dedicated to providing high quality music education to underserved folks in the North Minneapolis community. Wendy believes that music is one of the best ways to create understanding between people and empower them to be positive forces in the world. In addition to her involvement with She Rock She Rock and Hopewell Music Cooperative, Wendy has performed in a variety of venues around the Twin-Cities both instrumentally and vocally. She teaches guitar and songwriting at El Diablo amps and guitars in Northeast Minneapolis.
Jasper Hardin is a poet and visual artist who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He competed in the 2018 Rustbelt Competition. He has a self published chapbook entitled I Could Be A Galaxy. He is developing an online journal dedicated to Non-speaking and Semi-speaking writers and visual artists. Jasper has work published in Rising Phoenix Review and The Mighty. Jasper uses poetry to start conversations he feels are important. He is so glad that you're here to listen!