Thursday, 28 Sep 2006 11:00 AM
Deborah Grison has built her reputation as a captivating spoken word artist since she hit the scene in the late '90s, opening for Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, the late Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, and R&B singer Erykah Badu, among others. In 1999, she wrote and presented the poem, How Sweet He Is at the Walter Payton Memorial Service at Chicago's Soldier Field in front of 17,000 plus people. In 2001, Grison's work was published in THE ATTIC: WORDS FROM THE TOP. Born in Chicago, Grison holds degrees from Jackson State University, Spertus College, Sarah Lawrence College, and is pursuing her PhD in urban and regional planning from Jackson State while based in New York.
John Jennings is an assistant professor in the School of Art+Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a designer, illustrator, writer, lecturer, and art educator who experiments with artistic statements that address social and political concerns.