Holly Bass

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Holly Bass is a writer, performer and director. Her most recent body of work explores the endless allure of booty – from the Venus Hottentots to video vixens. A Cave Canem fellow, her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Callaloo, Nocturnes (re)view, and the anthologies Role Call, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC and The Ringing Ear, Black Poets Lean South. Her pieces have been workshopped and presented at respected regional theaters and performance spaces such as the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, the Whitney Museum and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. She is the Cullen Poet-in-Residence for Busboys & Poets where she coordinates open mic nights and writing workshops for the public. She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. She was the first journalist to put the term “hip hop theater” into print in a 1999 American Theatre article. She was a founding member of DC WritersCorps and continues to work as a teaching artist in schools, colleges and community centers. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive 2008 Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival. In 2011, she was named one of the "Top 30 Black Performance Poets" internationally by The Root. Bass was named Best Performance Artist in D.C. in 2012 by the Washington City Paper.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/bass-holly/

Submitted by Kim Roberts, August 2014

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