Tank, minus the Bangas, presents poetry and passion at Dogfish Reading Series

3 years ago The Times-Picayune 0

Tarriona Ball took a break from the role many know her for – as Tank in Tank and the Bangas — to showcase her storytelling skills at the Dogfish Reading Series, May 18.

This literary party was founded in February 2015 by Cate Root, Taylor Murrow, Alex Jennings (also event emcee) and Jessica Kinnison, who hosts it at her home. According to its Facebook page, the series’ name is taken from Walker Percy’s essay “Loss of the Creature,” in which Percy talks about why students of writing should find a dogfish on their desk to dissect and students of science should dissect a sonnet. Percy advocates for looking deeply into the world and taking chances. 

The series’ setting couldn’t be more apropos: situated between Arts and Music streets, Kinnison’s home became a melding of just that. LadyBabyMiss kicked off the event, performing original compositions, including one by Ratty Scurvics. Tarriona was on stage next, her presence keeping the audience spellbound with her personal stories shared via song and spoken word.

Upcoming presentations include: Laura Mullen and Tiana Noble on June 22; Kay Murphy, July 20 ; and Nisi Shawl and Shaina Monet, Sep. 21.


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