Watershed Reading: Captured

A poetry reading in conversation with "Captured," an exhibition by Amber Sowards of photographs taken of youth inside the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center in downtown Madison. Featured readers: Dana Maya, T. Banks, Carlos Eduardo Gacharná, and Rockameem Bell.


T Banks Wisconsin poet

T Banks is a community organizer, a mental wellness advocate, poet and playwright. After graduating with a degree in English Creative writing, Banks has successfully used his art through plays and poetry to address Racism, Transphobia, and Abelism. As a Black Trans, Queer person with a disability, T believes the movement for Black Lives must be intersectional and deeply connected to the struggle to end Patriarchy, specifically as it manifests as violence against Black Trans folks. His work addresses the need for the Black liberation movement to be accessible to those with mental wellness challenges and / or physical disabilities as well fights for the ability of these populations to regain their autonomy in a capitalistic society.

Madison WI Visual Artist Carlos Eduardo Gacharná

Carlos Eduardo Gacharná is a Colombian artist and activist based in Madison, Wisconsin. He considers himself a lucky survivor of Madison's massive racial disparity and dedicates his professional life to utilizing this privilege to open doors for those who have yet to find a way forward. Carlos is a PEOPLE Program Scholar and undergraduate student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Art Department, as well as the current head of 100arts.

Madison WI Poet Dana Maya

Dana Maya is from the Mexican diaspora by way of Colorado. She did graduate studies in US minority literatures, Chican@ literature and culture, and queer theory. She’s been published in Feminist Formations, Volta, the anthologies Listen to Your Mother, and Basta: 100+ Latinas against Gender Violence, and is active in public writing projects such as the Spontaneous Writing Booth in Madison. Her work examines the dynamics of marginality and exclusion in race, gender, sexuality, mental illness, and, in a piece written for Planned Parenthood, abortion and mothering.

Rockameem Bell is a local drummer and community activist.

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