The Poets Speak Loud open mic series continues at McGeary’s in downtown Albany on Monday, April 29, with featured reader Connie Frisbee Houde.
About Connie Frisbee Houde
As a humanitarian photojournalist, Connie Frisbee Houde strives to depict the spirit and sacredness of people and their surroundings. The cultural heritage and way of life of many people are often threatened by global events, war, and industrialization. She focuses on the nobleness of these people as they strive to keep their autonomy, culture, and community alive. While each group maintains its own cultural identity many attributes, expressions, and concerns of living are universal, creating a sense of brotherhood, a global village.
Connie has combined her love for travel and adventure with her interest in sharing her experiences. She creates photo essays with the images as they are placed an exhibitions or digital essays created by combining them with narrative, interviews, site sounds, poetry and/or music. The countries represented in her work to date are Afghanistan, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia, Burkina Faso Cambodia, China, Columbia, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Togo, Uganda, United States, and Vietnam.
A colleague has described her work with these words. “Along with the sheer beauty of her photographs what I admire is her ability to capture the people and their lives in all their human depths. When she has an opportunity to present her work it makes an impact on the viewer. It is not only Connie looking at the people, but the people looking back at us.”
For this poetry experience, Connie will be reading examples of Afghan Pashtu women’s poetry known as Landay. She will share from the times of the Russian’s occupation to the writings of todays young women who still use this form of expression in a part of the world where they have few ways of expressing from their hears and souls.
Poets Speak Loud is Albany Poets’ long-running monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word with a featured poet hosted by local poet Mary Panza at McGeary’s (4 Clinton Square) in downtown Albany on the last Monday of each and every month.
Sign-up for the open mic is 7:00 pm, we start at 8 pm.
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