[REBROADCAST FROM April 30, 2021] Tommy Pico, a queer poet and Kumeyaay Indian joins to discuss Feed, his 2019 book-length poem about what it means to hunger and to be nourished spiritually as a colonized person in America. Feed is the fourth and final book in his "Teebs Cycle," which uses scenes from the poet's life in New York City as gateways into deeper explorations of authenticity, heritage, love and striving. This segment was picked by our Producer Zach Gottehrer-Cohen.
Tommy Pico might not like games, but he came to play. The poet, screenwriter, and podcaster talks about adjusting to life off of the road, stepping into a role in a TV writers room, beginning to write as a social media practice, instinct vs. taste, the texture of balls on one’s taint, and so much more. Plus, a fastpunch round for the ages! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!
Poets Stand with Kashmir w/ Nate Marshall, Jamila Woods, Ahmer,Tommy Pico & more
Haymarket Books Live
Join Stand with Kashmir and Haymarket Books for a collaborative event series uplifting the work of artists and activists fighting for self-determination and abolition in the face of police brutality, militarism, and settler-colonialism.We will celebrate transnational and inter-movement resistance, exploring both the similarities between the different movements and the aspects that make each unique in its way. We will feature activists, artists and scholars from each movement to tell their story of resistance and resilience, and to strengthen solidarity across bordersParticipants:Ahmer is a prolific rapper and producer from Srinagar, Kashmir. Since a young age, Ahmer has been acutely aware of the violence that plagues that valley, and his lyrics reflect a self-critical and self-aware artist that is trying to make sense of one of the most complex issues of our time. By diving deep into his and his family’s history in the valley. https://azadirecords.com/artist/ahmer/Destiny Harris is a Black, queer abolitionist and organizer from the west side of Chicago. She is a sophomore, sociology major at Howard University. She believes in the power of grassroots organizing as a vehicle to building collective power and achieving liberation throughout the diaspora. Her work is at the intersection of abolition, anti-war, anti-militarism and environmental liberation. Destiny believes in the power of storytelling, poetry and culture as means of mobilization that should always be driving our movements. She has organized all throughout the city on campaigns like #DefundCPD, #CopsOutCPS and the #NoCopAcademy campaign which aimed to combat the narrative that our communities need police. She is currently a member of Dissenters. Destiny is now working around environmental liberation with Generation Green.Uzma Falak is a DAAD doctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Heidelberg. Her work has appeared in The Economic and Political Weekly, Al Jazeera, Warscapes, The Caravan, Himal Southasian, Anthropology and Humanism, The Electronic Intifada, and anthologies like Of Occupation and Resistance, Gossamer: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry, among others. Her film ‘Till then the Roads Carry Her’ has been screened at numerous film festivals. She was an invited artist-scholar at Warwick’s Tate Exchange, 2018 (Tate Modern, London). Her ethnographic poem ‘Point of Departure’ won an Honourable Mention in the Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s 2017 Ethnographic Poetry Award.Tommy “Teebs” Pico is a poet, podcaster, and tv writer. He is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot and Scream, Queen! is poetry editor at Catapult Magazine, writes on the FX show Reservation Dogs, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. https://tommy-pico.com/Jamila Woods is an activist, award-winning poet, and singer/songwriter whose inspirations include Gwendolyn Brooks and Toni Morrison, as well as Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar. As a solo artist, she specializes in an accessible yet non-commercial form of R&B that is rooted in soul and wholly modern, which can be heard on her albums HEAVN (2016) and LEGACY! LEGACY! (2019). She is also the co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic. https://www.jamila-woods.com/This event is sponsored by Haymarket Books and Stand with Kashmir. Watch the live event recording: https://youtu.be/YXf1wQ0ZWOMBuy books from Haymarket: www.haymarketbooks.orgFollow us on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/haymarketbooks
Funeral Diva: Pamela Sneed with Tommy Pico: Lit Cast Live Episode 136
Litquake's Lit Cast
This event is now available to watch on our YouTube page, along with the rest of our 2020 festival programming. Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers “This notable achievement...is a harrowing account of how Sneed transforms violence and pain into an artist's life." —Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: A Lyric In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed Brooklyn-based poet/performer Pamela Sneed details her coming of age in New York City during the late 1980s. Funeral Diva (City Lights) captures the impact of AIDS on Black Queer life, and highlights the enduring bonds between the living, the dying, and the dead. Sneed's poems not only converse with lovers past and present, but also with her literary forebears—like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde—whose aesthetic and thematic investments she renews for a contemporary American landscape. Offering critical focus on matters from police brutality to LGBTQ+ rights, Funeral Diva confronts today's most pressing issues with acerbic wit and audacity. The collection closes with Sneed's reflections on the two pandemics of her time, AIDS and COVID-19, and the disproportionate impact of each on African American communities. Sneed discusses and reads from her work, alongside poet and Literary Hub editor Tommy Pico. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation Buy the authors' books: Pamela Sneed -- http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100510140&fa=description Tommy Pico -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781947793576 Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake
Tommy Pico, Eli Saslow, Emily Heller, and The Helio Sequence
Live Wire with Luke Burbank
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello get rid of some unnecessary things; poet Tommy Pico explains how writing as his alter ego "Teebs" allows him to be less self-censoring in his work; journalist Eli Saslow discusses Derek Black – the subject of his book Rising Out of Hatred – and how the once-heir to the white nationalist movement made a stunning transformation; comedian Emily Heller spins gut-busting analogies to online dating; and indie rock duo The Helio Sequence performs “Lately” from their album Keep Your Eyes Ahead.
Are you a local hipster? I think the way we confirm what we believe is by pushing back at what we were told and seeking our own understanding in this world.Beer: Genesis Blonde Sour Ale from Wicked Weed BrewingPoem: portions of "Nature Poem" by Tommy Pico (Tin House, 2017)In Episode 25, we talk from our isolation spots about some of Alyx's favorite recent poetry (ugh, so great, get ready everyone to smile) from Tommy Pico, about local breweries "selling out" and Erica gives us details about the beer Genesis from Wicked Weed Brewing. Cheers!
Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcasts Food 4 Thot and Scream, Queen! and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.
In this episode, Wendy Xu recommends Claudia Gray and Tommy Pico recommends A.R. Ammons.This episode is sponsored by Lanternfish Press and HMH.You can subscribe to Recommended in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or in your podcast player of choice. The show can also be found on Stitcher.A transcript of this episode is available here.BOOKS DISCUSSEDMooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne WalkerDefy the Stars by Claudia GrayLost Stars by Claudia GrayUprooted by Naomi NovikPluto by Naoki UrasawaFeed by Tommy PicoTape for the Turn of the Year by A.R. AmmonsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Kenyon students Claire Oleson and Brent Matheny talk with poet Tommy Pico about the similarities between poetry and screenwriting, what to do with writing advice, a his choice of his nickname/persona "Teebs."