Let’s Get This (February) Party Started RIGHT!


This is my first Black History Month as a blogger and now, a podcaster. I am kicking off February with a  “You Gotta Read This”  podcast this Tuesday, February 2nd at 4:45pmEST. My guest is the poet extraordinaire Remica L. Bingham, author of CONVERSION (Lotus Press, 2007).

Remica Bingham is a brilliant poet and thinker. So we are going to have a good time chewing the proverbial fat.

You know I hope that’s some proverbial bacon fat, because I love the pig meat, but yes, for those of you who worry, I am off the pig except on special occasions. Now, I (mostly) just have my memories and my fantasies.

Ordinarily, my podcasts will run on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, but Black History Month has got me carried away. It is my favorite month of the year, just chock-full of black pride-inducing yumminess.

And because so many black women have done great things, I have claimed Women’s History Month (in March) as an extension of Black History Month. Sort of like how some of us (and you know who you are) take off all week long from work for our birthdays.

Because of everything my people have done for this community and this country—and American cultural progress, in general—starting all the way back three centuries, I walk around for a couple of months with my chest puffed out, proud to be an African American woman. And that is despite some of these knuckleheads out here, embarrassing The Race and whatnot.

So, I’ve got FOUR podcasts for you in the month of February! It’s going to be so sassy. Oh, I just hope you can handle all the sassy I have planned for you. Pace yourself, now, baby.

However, because Remica L. Bingham is in much demand as a poet, teacher, and just an all around great human being, she couldn’t make that 7:30pmEST time slot I have claimed. But you know I didn’t care, because I just had to get this party started right. I begged her to fit me in, and she said yes. Because she’s generous like that.

So join me a little early this Tuesday, February 2nd at 4:45pmEST. You can go right to that little blue TalkShoe button (on the right, scroll down), and that will take you to the podcast, streaming live. Or click this link, which will take you to the podcast as well.

If you miss it, you can still click the blue button and you can listen to the recording. Or better yet, you can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes.  Simply search for the podcast under the name, PhillisRemastered. (No spaces.)

The first extra-wonderful podcast with novelist Heidi Durrow, author of THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY is up on ITunes right now! It’s deep, it’s funny, it’s profound, and a whole bunch of other superlatives.

Now, on ITunes it says “Episode 3” for the Heidi Durrow podcast, but we had a few technical difficulties, so it really is the first episode. You have not missed a thing.

Let’s get back to Ms. Remica. Her extremely cute picture and the book cover are below, and her bio is below that.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Remica L. Bingham, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, received her MFA from Bennington College. She has attended the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops and is a Cave Canem fellow. In addition to other journals, her work has been featured in New Letters, Crab Orchard Review, and Essence. She is the recipient of the 2005 Hughes, Diop, Knight Poetry Award and was nominated for a 2005 Pushcart Prize. Her first book, Conversion, won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize and was published by Lotus Press in 2007, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award for Poetry. A book of her poems, The Seams of Memory will be translated into Arabic and published in 2010 in conjunction with the Kalima Project. Currently, she is the Writing Competency Coordinator at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Join me next Tuesday at 4:45pm EST, y’all, for “You Gotta Read This” with Remica L. Bingham!

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