Artists' Fellowship - 2003
My work deals with family struggles, class, pop culture, mythology, love and
sound. I create motifs and narratives using a mixture of dialect, slang,
macaronic verse and improvisation. A good number of my work also
appropriates sonically digital and analog vocal manipulations in order to
communicate a myriad of emotion. By doing this, I have begun to free the
image/visage of following a patent for performance writing, sound poetry and
create my personal syntax in the literary and auditory tradition.
More about the Artist:
Latasha N. Nevada Diggs is a writer, visual artist and vocalist from Harlem. Her written works have been published in magazines and journals including The Source, Ego Trip, Urb, Long Shot, Drum Voices Review, Bum Rush the Page, and Everything But the Burden. She has collaborated with the likes of Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Vijay Iyer, and DJ Little Louie Vega. She has been featured on recordings by Ryuichi Sakamoto (Sweet Revenge), Towa Tei (Future Listening), Billy Bass (OG Funk), Domenico Ferrari (Commute), Mike Ladd (Welcome to the After Future), Guillermo E. Brown (Soul at the Hands of the Machine, The Beat Kids), and the compilation Eargasms. She is the author of two chapbooks, Ichi-Ban: from the files of negrita muneca morena linda and Ni-Ban: Villa Miseria. She is a member of the Cave Canem Workshop/Retreat for African American Poets as well as a 2002 Artist in Residence at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center. Latasha performs regularly as an electronic vocalist in Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar Ensemble and the Zappa-esque project, The Yohimbe Brothers.