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Episode 7: Zahra Gordon

Zahra Gordon is an award-winning Caribbean American poet, journalist and writer living in La Brea, Trinidad & Tobago. On this episode Zahra recounts her experiences growing up in both Trinidad and the United States. We learn of Zahra’s mission to rescue voices from the past before they disappear, and gain a glimpse into the vibrant ecosystem of thought that creates Zahra’s art.


Zahra’s blog, “Zee Speaks,” contains links to her published work. In addition, Zahra runs Speakeasy Solutions, which provides private tuition in English language, literature, reading and creative writing.

Zahra’s “Three Things:”

* TEZA, a film by Haile Gerima

*Citizen, a book by poet Claudia Rankine

*The works of Kerry James Marshall


Zahra also mentioned authors Chester Himes, Zora Neal Hurston, and professor, scholar and poet R. Victoria Arana.

Art Lives Theme and Incidental music composed by Nicholaus Meyers. Art Lives Logo created by Eduardo Moreno. Art Lives is available here and on Apple Podcasts.

Episode 1: Scott Farkas


Scott Farkas introduces himself as an Educator, Maker, and Performer. He is a professional percussionist, composer, painter, producer, and a college music department chair, among many other things. In this episode Scott speaks about finding inspiration, changing expectations, and the joy of helping others create. He also shares his Theory of Pop Music. This conversation was joyful and thoughtful, and I hope it is wonderful to listen to.

Scott’s “Three Things”

*Make something with someone.

*The music of Sarah Hennies

*The sculptures of artist John Toki

Scott also mentions composer Danny Clay.


Music heard on this episode was composed by Nicholaus Meyers: Slightly Funky, performed by Ken Jimenez and Nicholaus Meyers and End of Time performed by Elizabeth DeLamater.

Photo: Sabar drums on the roof of the Konate house, Guedaiwaye, Senegal

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