A Gathering of the Tribes

A Gathering of the Tribes A Gathering of Tribes provides a platform for diverse, traditionally under-represented artists and writers, amplifying the emerging and established revolutionary voices of our time.

Established in 1991 as a multi-cultural arts organization (and incorporated as a 501 C3 nonprofit in 1993), Tribes is committed to honoring and memorializing our founder, Steve Cannon’s life and legacy. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Chavisa Woods, A Gathering of the Tribes is presenting literary events, and publishing new poetry, fiction, and more at www.tribes.org

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“In Remembrance of the 15,000 unnamed enslaved and free blacks, indentured whites, and Native Americans interred in New ...
10/07/2021
A Review of David Mills’ BoneyarnBy Melanie Maria Goodreaux — Tribes

“In Remembrance of the 15,000 unnamed enslaved and free blacks, indentured whites, and Native Americans interred in New York City’s Negro Burial Ground, America’s oldest and largest slave cemetery: 1712-1795.”

(...)

Mills’ work gives shape and exacting details to these lives--unearthing their humanity with keen poetic portraiture, and a sort of retroactive respect that is obviously well-deserved. Like a shaman, he literally “speaks to the bones” and the bones speak back.

https://www.tribes.org/features-1/2021/10/6/master-poet-shaman-and-otherworldly-archaeologist

A Review of David Mills’ Boneyarn By Melanie Maria Goodreaux

Tribes has new fiction!"While I walked with Cynthia to our next class, Cynthia announced that she would fight Edith at t...
10/06/2021
The Messenger  — Tribes

Tribes has new fiction!

"While I walked with Cynthia to our next class, Cynthia announced that she would fight Edith at three.”

https://www.tribes.org/new-blog/2021/9/29/the-messengernbsp

Alba Delia Hernández Edith was long and thick. Taller than any of us in our seventh-grade class. Her pants were always flared and her blouses were tight around her breasts and shoulders. She was shaped like a Christmas tree. She was quiet. Her hair was short and uneven with blunt edges that looked

New poetry is live on Tribes Magazine Online! Featuring new work from Latasha Diggs, Daniel Nester, Tsaurah Litzky, Arma...
09/30/2021

New poetry is live on Tribes Magazine Online! Featuring new work from Latasha Diggs, Daniel Nester, Tsaurah Litzky, Armando Batista, and Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie. Read here: https://www.tribes.org/poetry

New poetry is live on Tribes Magazine Online! Featuring new work from Latasha Diggs, Daniel Nester, Tsaurah Litzky, Armando Batista, and Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie. Read here: https://www.tribes.org/poetry

The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently made a commitment to “ensure diversity and inclusion in (historical landm...
09/23/2021
Landmark 285 — Tribes

The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently made a commitment to “ensure diversity and inclusion in (historical landmark designations, to make sure that we are telling the stories of all New Yorkers.”

Let’s hold them to it!

Please send your letter in by October 20th!

https://www.tribes.org/landmark-285

The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently made a commitment to “ensure diversity and inclusion in (historical landmark designations, to make sure that we are telling the stories of all New Yorkers.” Let’s hold them to it. Currently, the vast majority of historical landmarks in NYC honor t...

Tonight at book club bar!
09/16/2021

Tonight at book club bar!

Tonight at book club bar!

09/07/2021

Tribes needs your support!

We're currently working with Village Preservation, supporting the campaign to achieve landmark status for 285 East 3rd Street in the East Village.

We need your help. The more letters of support we are able to gather for review by The Landmarks Preservation Commission, the more likely we are to succeed. Please consider writing and/or signing a letter of support to make 285 East 3rd Street an historic landmark.

He was handsome. He talked to me. To me. To me. He talked to me.He didn’t say stupid stuff about my breasts or my ass, h...
09/01/2021
Patricia Spears Jones — Tribes

He was handsome. He talked to me. To me. To me. He talked to me.
He didn’t say stupid stuff about my breasts or my ass, he asked me
What do you read? I was reading magazines & romance novels &
Whatever we was supposed to read in high school – Silas Marner,
Yes, I read Silas Marner. He was grumpy I remember but he had
To care for a girl and that made him better. Do you think a girl
Can make a man better asked the Devil? Truefully, I answered
I don’t know. He smiled. He talked some more. He was handsome.
His voice was that soft wind in early spring, the wind that brings
earth & grass & blossoming trees-sweet or funky to the nose –
the earth smells Human & his voice was that smell.
Some call this Musk? But, it was too floral, too pungent, plowed
over soil, not animal, but animal would I see when
The Devil’s voice boomed out thunder and shook my heart.

Continue Reading: https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/patricia-spears-jones

The Devil’s Wife remembers the good times He was handsome. He talked to me. To me. To me. He talked to me. He didn’t say stupid stuff about my breasts or my ass, he asked me  What do you read? I was reading magazines & romance novels & Whatever we was supposed to read in h

Still here   there is also beauty Invisible like electric fencea perimeter lies around my heartunpassableone would need ...
08/31/2021
Penny Arcade — Tribes

Still here there is also beauty



Invisible like electric fence
a perimeter lies around my heart
unpassable
one would need the password
but like every other password
I have forgotten it

READ THE FULL POEM HERE:

Still here there is also beauty



https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/penny-arcade

Hoarfrost — for Marianne There’s heart break I heard the crack Amazing I am amazed that there are still places in my heart that can break Nothing has changed much Since I was 13 I still approach love Like a famished animal In a burnt out landscape   Love is a lottery Someti

Tribes needs your support!We're currently working with Village Preservation, supporting the campaign to achieve landmark...
08/31/2021

Tribes needs your support!

We're currently working with Village Preservation, supporting the campaign to achieve landmark status for 285 East 3rd Street in the East Village.

We need your help. The more letters of support we are able to gather for review by The Landmarks Preservation Commission, the more likely we are to succeed. Please consider writing and/or signing a letter of support to make 285 East 3rd Street an historic landmark.

Tribes needs your support!

We're currently working with Village Preservation, supporting the campaign to achieve landmark status for 285 East 3rd Street in the East Village.

We need your help. The more letters of support we are able to gather for review by The Landmarks Preservation Commission, the more likely we are to succeed. Please consider writing and/or signing a letter of support to make 285 East 3rd Street an historic landmark.

I kept trying to tell you there was a map to death our culture’s cartographers had drawn, carefully,adding each century ...
08/30/2021
Sasha West — Tribes

I kept trying to tell you there was a map to death
our culture’s cartographers had drawn, carefully,
adding each century more territory, more bodies—
and I kept trying to tell you in a way that made
the map mute, so you could hear in the rush
of blood through your own ears how first the stories
must be broken,

Continue Reading:

https://steve-cannon-yspl.squarespace.com/tribesorgpoetry-1/sasha-west

How to Abandon Ship One way: stop pretending your country’s newest mass horror has an end. Go from boat to life raft directly, as if the sea were lava. I’m stowing her scattered plastic toys, turning off the glass screens’ shimmer. Try to collect rain. Don’t drink the ocean. If water’s in ...

Today marks one year since we re-launched A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine Online.Thank you so much to the amazing t...
08/06/2021
Support A Gathering of the Tribes

Today marks one year since we re-launched A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine Online.

Thank you so much to the amazing team, Quincy Troupe, Sheila Maldonado, Danny Shot, Tracie Williams m, Max Steele, Sanina Leilani (Clark), and Tribes’ amazing interns, Eleanor Morgan, Abigail Hebert, and Nicole Estillo for all of your work and keeping this going.

Thank you to Ishmael Reed, Danny Simmons, and Margaret Porter-Troupe for saying yes to editing the upcoming BLM print issue!!!

Thank you to Tribes amazing Board of Directors for holding this one-of-a-kind organization together.

Thank you to all of the artists and writers who have contributed over the last year. 

And of course, most of all, thank you Steve Cannon for bringing this community together with your seemingly unconditional and continuously replenishing love. And thank you for leaving us this amazing organization through which we continue to support hundreds of traditionally underrepresented writers every year.

I know I speak for many others when I say, I miss you Every Single Day.

I hope that you would be proud of the work that we are doing. 

On that ore, I wouldn’t be Steve’s mentee if I didn’t know that right now is the time to pass the hat. So please if you can, continue supporting Tribes so that we continue continue publishing, presenting readings, and providing stipends and honorariums to working writers throughout the next year, and beyond.

-Chavisa Woods
E.D.

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/a-gathering-of-the-tribes

Please support A Gathering of The Tribes as we launch a new era of programming and work to honor Steve Cannon's legacy.

New poetry is live on Tribes Magazine Online! Featuring new work from Tina Cane, Robert Gibbons, Penny Arcade, Patricia ...
08/05/2021
Tribes

New poetry is live on Tribes Magazine Online! Featuring new work from Tina Cane, Robert Gibbons, Penny Arcade, Patricia Spears Jones, and Sasha West. Read here: https://www.tribes.org/poetry

A Gathering of the Tribes is an arts and cultural organization dedicated to excellence in the arts from a diverse perspective. Located on the Lower East Side of New York City, Tribes has been in existence since 1991.

Hop on over to Governor's Island today for our poetry reading at the NYC Poetry Festival!
07/25/2021

Hop on over to Governor's Island today for our poetry reading at the NYC Poetry Festival!

Hop on over to Governor's Island today for our poetry reading at the NYC Poetry Festival!

Join us at the NYC Poetry Festival this Sunday, July 25th to hear these amazing poets read at The White Horse at 2:30: C...
07/22/2021

Join us at the NYC Poetry Festival this Sunday, July 25th to hear these amazing poets read at The White Horse at 2:30: Chime Lama, Lydia Cortés (@lidin719), and Bakar Wilson (@bakarw)! See you there!

Join us at the NYC Poetry Festival this Sunday, July 25th to hear these amazing poets read at The White Horse at 2:30: Chime Lama, Lydia Cortés (@lidin719), and Bakar Wilson (@bakarw)! See you there!

We're hosting a reading at the NYC Poetry Festival with Chime Lama, Bakar Wilson, and Lydia Cortés! We'll be at The Whit...
07/17/2021

We're hosting a reading at the NYC Poetry Festival with Chime Lama, Bakar Wilson, and Lydia Cortés! We'll be at The White Horse on Governor's Island on 2:30 NEXT SUNDAY, the 25th of July. See you there! For more info: https://www.newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/readings

We're hosting a reading at the NYC Poetry Festival with Chime Lama, Bakar Wilson, and Lydia Cortés! We'll be at The White Horse on Governor's Island on 2:30 NEXT SUNDAY, the 25th of July. See you there! For more info: https://www.newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/readings

A Gathering of the Tribes is excited  to present fiscal sponsee Toppled Monuments Archive. TMA is  a radical collective ...
07/15/2021

A Gathering of the Tribes is excited to present fiscal sponsee Toppled Monuments Archive. TMA is a radical collective reimagining methods of historical preservation by creating the most comprehensive, accessible international online platform of recorded toppled monuments. The online database we are building is currently working towards utilizing digital cartography to host video, images, text, oral history and various collaborations between activists and academic and art institutions. Points on the map will show individual monuments and expand into individual pages with research, resources and information on current actions or movements taking place. Please consider supporting this extremely important project. For more info: https://www.tribes.org/fiscal-sponsorship/2021/toppled-monuments-archive

By serving as a fiscal sponsor to individual artists, authors and collaborative groups, Tribes empowers traditionally underrepresented creators to access supportive resources and fundraising tools. We are currently accepting proposals and we'd love to hear from you. You can apply for fiscal sponsorship here: https://www.tribes.org/fiscal-sponsorship-applicationform

A Gathering of the Tribes is excited to present fiscal sponsee Toppled Monuments Archive. TMA is a radical collective reimagining methods of historical preservation by creating the most comprehensive, accessible international online platform of recorded toppled monuments. The online database we are building is currently working towards utilizing digital cartography to host video, images, text, oral history and various collaborations between activists and academic and art institutions. Points on the map will show individual monuments and expand into individual pages with research, resources and information on current actions or movements taking place. Please consider supporting this extremely important project. For more info: https://www.tribes.org/fiscal-sponsorship/2021/toppled-monuments-archive

By serving as a fiscal sponsor to individual artists, authors and collaborative groups, Tribes empowers traditionally underrepresented creators to access supportive resources and fundraising tools. We are currently accepting proposals and we'd love to hear from you. You can apply for fiscal sponsorship here: https://www.tribes.org/fiscal-sponsorship-applicationform

A Gathering of the Tribes is proud to present our newest fiscal sponsee, Cynthia Opera. Please consider supporting their...
07/14/2021

A Gathering of the Tribes is proud to present our newest fiscal sponsee, Cynthia Opera. Please consider supporting their incredibly beautiful project, “While There’s Light” which is an opera with music by composer and violist Sarah Sarhandi and libretto by poet and translator Vincent Katz based on his award-winning translations of the love poems of the ancient roman poet Sextus Propertius. For more info: https://www.tribes.org/fiscal-sponsorship/2021/cynthia-opera-while-theres-light

By serving as a fiscal sponsor to individual artists, authors and collaborative groups, Tribes empowers traditionally underrepresented creators to access supportive resources and fundraising tools. We are currently accepting proposals and we'd love to hear from you. You can apply for fiscal sponsorship here: https://www.tribes.org/fiscal-sponsorship-applicationform

A Gathering of the Tribes is proud to present our newest fiscal sponsee, Cynthia Opera. Please consider supporting their incredibly beautiful project, “While There’s Light” which is an opera with music by composer and violist Sarah Sarhandi and libretto by poet and translator Vincent Katz based on his award-winning translations of the love poems of the ancient roman poet Sextus Propertius. For more info: https://www.tribes.org/fiscal-sponsorship/2021/cynthia-opera-while-theres-light

By serving as a fiscal sponsor to individual artists, authors and collaborative groups, Tribes empowers traditionally underrepresented creators to access supportive resources and fundraising tools. We are currently accepting proposals and we'd love to hear from you. You can apply for fiscal sponsorship here: https://www.tribes.org/fiscal-sponsorship-applicationform

A Gathering of the Tribes is proud to announce the upcoming publication of Tribes #16, The Black Lives Matter Issue, edi...
07/14/2021
Pre-Order Tribes 16 — Tribes

A Gathering of the Tribes is proud to announce the upcoming publication of Tribes #16, The Black Lives Matter Issue, edited by Ishmael Reed and Danny Simmons. The issue will be a full color, 8’x 10’ print journal, featuring visual art, poetry and prose, from emerging and established revolutionary artists of our time, celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement and speaking to the issues that propelled its formation and growth. Forthcoming in the winter/spring. Don’t hesitate, pre-order your copy now!

A Gathering of the Tribes is proud to announce the upcoming publication of Tribes #16, The Black Lives Matter Issue, forthcoming in the winter/spring, with Ishmael Reed serving as the Editor, and Danny Simmons serving as the Art Editor for this vital issue. 

Seeking some creative inspiration? Look no further. New poetry is live on Tribes Magazine Online! From left, June poets ...
07/14/2021

Seeking some creative inspiration? Look no further. New poetry is live on Tribes Magazine Online! From left, June poets are Nada Faris, Óscar Moisés Díaz, Danny Shot, Shyanne Bennett, JP Infante, and Edwin Torres.

https://www.tribes.org/poetry

Seeking some creative inspiration? Look no further. New poetry is live on Tribes Magazine Online! From left, June poets are Nada Faris, Óscar Moisés Díaz, Danny Shot, Shyanne Bennett, JP Infante, and Edwin Torres.

https://www.tribes.org/poetry

Tonight @ 8.00PM EST! Don’t miss Howl Happening’s latest installment of its online residency series, &Friends, with Trib...
07/13/2021

Tonight @ 8.00PM EST! Don’t miss Howl Happening’s latest installment of its online residency series, &Friends, with Tribes Executive Director and acclaimed author Chavisa Woods who will read from and discuss her most recent book, “100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism)”. She will be joined by fellow author and Tribes Editor, Sanina Clark, who edited the memoir, and Tribes Board Member Katherine Arnoldi, feminist activist and author of “All Things Are Labor” and “The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom.”

"Editing “100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism)” was a wonderful and cathartic experience. Memoirs are really tough to write and Chavisa Woods truly put so much on the line speaking about things that we all known happen and that many of us have experienced, but rarely talk about." —Sanina Clark

CHAVISA WOODS &FRIENDS
Tuesday, July 13th @ 8.00 PM EST
Virtual | Howl Arts

https://www.howlarts.org

Tonight @ 8.00PM EST! Don’t miss Howl Happening’s latest installment of its online residency series, &Friends, with Tribes Executive Director and acclaimed author Chavisa Woods who will read from and discuss her most recent book, “100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism)”. She will be joined by fellow author and Tribes Editor, Sanina Clark, who edited the memoir, and Tribes Board Member Katherine Arnoldi, feminist activist and author of “All Things Are Labor” and “The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom.”

"Editing “100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism)” was a wonderful and cathartic experience. Memoirs are really tough to write and Chavisa Woods truly put so much on the line speaking about things that we all known happen and that many of us have experienced, but rarely talk about." —Sanina Clark

CHAVISA WOODS &FRIENDS
Tuesday, July 13th @ 8.00 PM EST
Virtual | Howl Arts

https://www.howlarts.org

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Hello! We've extended our deadline to December 1st. Story specs: five pages written, ten minutes audio/video. Prizes include review by panel of authors, activists, and actors, signed copies of books, cash, and publication in an anthology of Native resilience. The link is here:
I hope that you will tune into the Brooklyn Rail's The New Social Environment this Tuesday. We’re going to be discussing the history of the artist run nonprofit A Gathering of the Tribes, sharing stories about Tribes and Steve Cannon, and discussing how the time of COVID is shaping arts programming. https://brooklynrail.org/events/2020/10/06/a-gathering-of-the-tribes/?fbclid=IwAR2Nbo2sy0_sPKsWKX7snpZVW-pvkj2eD5B99-Py--qVkWQInOv6bWE20ns
Tribes submissions are open.
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Naomi Brown Sabeha Robinson I began writingA response to the discussion about Calvin’s name on the handkerchiefs. The handks are absolutely beautiful . Sara really outdid herself in the ex*****on of her design on them. I can understand why Sara felt it was important to use Calvin’s given name because of us continued to call him Calvin. We should remember, however that Steve Cannon was the one who left a lasting impact on the literary world from the sixties and beyond. Hebegan using the pseudonym ‘Steve’ early in that period. His first novel, Groove, Bang and Jive was published in 1969 and the reprints by, author,Steve Cannon are still available. In 1971 and 1972, he published two children’s books, What I Like To Do and Kirk’s New House authored by Steve Cannon. These are the only publications that I am aware that bear the name Calvin Cannon. Over the next fifty or more years , Steve has made his greatest impact on the literary world by his books, , poetry, essays and other writings. His influence in the development of young writers by his teaching, mentoring, and encouragement of these young people who Jane shown that they are eternally grateful. It was as Steve Cannon that he and Ishmael Reed establishes a printing company to offer services to writers who need an outlet for publication of their work. It was Steve Cannon who was slowly losing his sight from gloucoma who had the foresight to become the founder and publisher of the magazine,A Gathering of the Tribes, as a multicultural art and literary publication. The magazine is still a viable publication which showcases the work, Not only of established artists and writers, but also of up and coming new talents. This shows the world what a visionary Steve Cannon was. Tribes is alive and kicking and at his death, even though he was totally blind still was the editor in chief who remained aware of all items included in the publication. Steve Cannon was the only blind owner and operator of an art gallery in the United States and possibly in the world. Steve Cannon and the Tribes magazine were the recipients of many local, national and international awards, the latest was Steve Cannon’s receiving the Barnes and Nobles Writers for Writers award( December, 2018) Steve has beer presenter at conferences in the USA and overseas including in Paris. He continued to engage in lively discussions in his home , with its open door policy and elsewhere. Steve continued to have a keen sense of humor as well as a brilliant mind , always ready to engage in verbal gymnastics anywhere with anybody.Remember, these were the achievements of Steve Cannon, not of Calvin Cannon. Even in death, Steve Cannon was remembered as a writer, patron of the arts,champion of the Lower Easf Side, and vision multiculturist is the way he is described in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune , Biloxi Sun, Stamford Advocate, the Associated Press, etc and in other newspapers from Connecticut to Montana and throughout the United States. All described Steve Cannon but none mentions Calvin. .His friends,peers, associates, all know Steve Cannon butit would be rare to find one who knew Calvin. The Blind Professor of the Lower East Side or the Emperor of the East Village is Steve Cannon. This is just something to think about. I know that it is too late to change anything but I thought that Iwould put my two cents in anyway. Steve Cannon lives....on the Lower East Side.Calvin Cannon May have passed through but he did not stay.
This Friday at Taller Boricua! Come thru and celebrate the publication of Women of Eve's Garden (A Tribes Gallery Fly by Night Publication), and hear some exceptional poets. Free Reception and Reading! Anthology will be on sale!
A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES Steve Cannon the Director of the organization is looking for an office assistant. 2 hours a day male or female Paid at $15 an hour. Address: 745 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009 Phone: (212) 777-2038
A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES, Volume 4, Number 1, 1994, page 51, A. Gajić (Sarajevo)
Congratulations to my friend Nancy Mercado for winning an American Book Award Lifetime Achievement Prize. Nicely done and well deserved. Debut novelist among winners of American Book Awards Debut novelist Yaa Gyasi and longtime author-activist Nancy Mercado are among this year’s winners of American Book Awards for contributions to diversity in American literature. WASHINGTONPOST.COM