Rivers of Women, The Play

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by Shirley Bradley LeFlore
with photographs by Michael J. Bracey
MAY 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-9884763-7-0 (pbk.)
LCCN: 2013935748

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RIVERS OF WOMEN, THE PLAY by poet and oral performer Shirley Bradley LeFlore is a stage-play of poems accompanied with photographs by award-winning, Chicago-based photographer Michael J. Bracey. Bracey matches his images with LeFlore’s poetry, adding a visual dimension that succeeds in endowing every poem with an added sense of depth and emotionality through his unique mode of multilayered conceptualization.The play, which is based on the poem “Rivers of Women,” includes LeFlore’s most prolific works of poetry rooted in the stories and voices of women that also incorporates music and dance. Performed by an all female cast, this poignant, heartfelt, humorous and powerful play explores family, love, woman-to-woman experiences, race and religion. In all, it is a descriptive, evocative, lyrical production filled with folk sentiments, conjuring familiar images that seem to be more the craft of an urban anthropologist than a poet, which is clearly the genius of LeFlore’s art. Rivers of Women, which premiered at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, marks the directorial debut of National Bestselling author and producer, Lyah Beth LeFlore, the poet’s daughter.

Author Bio

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SHIRLEY BRADLEY LEFLORE
SHIRLEY BRADLEY LEFLORE is a published and oral poet/performing artist. LeFlore’s poetry and writings have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Spirit & Flame, Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café. She was featured prominently in the critically acclaimed 2009 Random House/Broadway Books novel, Wildflowers, written by her daughter and national bestselling author, Lyah Beth LeFlore, who is producing her play, Rivers of Women at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. Brassbones and Rainbows is her first collection of poetry.

 

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

MICHAEL J. BRACEY
MICHAEL J. BRACEY is an award-winning Chicago-based photographer that has lectured and exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad. His work has appeared in The Journey: The Next 100 Years, a book created and published by the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers (CAAAP) in conjunction with Roosevelt University Press, the Chicago History Museum, and the Chicago Tribune newspaper. His other books are Urban Waters, People-Places-Peru, The Black Christ Festival of Portobelo (Panama), Ten Days in Morocco, It’s All About the Hats, and Ten Days in Guatemala.

Bracey’s accomplishments include the CAAAP Portfolio of the Year award (2001), a Chicago Arts Assistant Council grant (2004), a Hutchinson Arts Association Council grant (2004), and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2003) for Africans Within the Americas, a ten-year project of travel to twelve different countries documenting commonalities among people of African descent, which resulted in a traveling exhibition and a book. Bracey holds a B.A. from Webster University, St. Louis, and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. He is a founding member of CAAAP (founded 1999), where he has served as Vice President, President and Treasurer.

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