Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Friday, March 6, 1998
548 West 22nd Street, NYC, 7:00pm

Jayne Cortez

Jayne Cortez was born in Arizona, grew up in California and lives in New York. She is the author of ten books of poems and nine recordings. Her most recent book of poems is Somewhere In Advance of Nowhere (Serpentís Tail/High Risk Books). Her previous collections include Mouth on Paper and Coagulations, and with her band, The Firespitters, she has recorded six CDís including the critically acclaimed Cheerful & Optimistic. Her latest CD recording Find Your Own Voice was released by Harmolodic/Verve/Polygram. Jayne Cortez has performed, lectured, and taught at universities, museums, and festivals, including the Museum of Modern Art, UNESCO in Paris, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Fourth World Congress on Women, and many others. Her poems have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Her awards include Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the International African Festival Award, and the American Book Award.