Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 for a rousing kickoff of KFAI's Spring Pledge Drive. We will talk about with MIGIZI Program Director Graham Hartley about the early days and First Person Radio, some unknown secrets and gaffaws and share air time with one of Minneapolis (and the worlds?) best spoken word artists Vince Moniz. A former MIGIZI student, he made our afternoons shine (yes, I used to work at MIGIZI). Tune in for fun and get those pledges in please during the First Person Radio hour. We all work for free and we find it is worth every penny!
A 2012-2013 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant Program Awardee and 2013 Beyond the Pure Fellow, R. VINCENT MONIZ, JR. writer, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is honing his writing skills in poetry, poetic monologue, and spoken word performance. His graphic art and art performance can be seen in video and print collaborations with Visual and Digital Efx Artist Jonathan Thunder and Author Heid E. Erdrich. An enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation of Fort Berthold North Dakota R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. (NuEta) hails from the Philips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Though he has been part of the Twin Cities artistic community for over two decades as an actor, Vincent has only been writing and sharing his poetry for the last 3 years. At the E Donald Two River Memorial Indigenous Spoken Word SLAM World Championships Vincent was crowned and is their current and reigning champion, this was the first slam competition he ever entered. Most recently he has performed as part of Equilibrium: Spoken Word at the Loft and performs throughout the region. Summers, you can sometimes catch Vincent at the Minneapolis American Indian Center's outdoor amphitheater working and crafting his performance style. City Pages says Moniz "blends humor with social commentary." Known to many by many different names, Vincent is proud because bestowment of a name is very much a thing of honor and respect within the culture of his tribe. Literary Death Match and his first kindergarten teacher call Vince a “Firestarter”. His friends and family call him Dah-Mah-Heh (Holy Arrow That Flies Straight), Waskaberry Boy, Waska, Junior, Juju, Juj, Jumanji, and Mr. Wizard. These are his cherished gifts and truths.