THEME: ALL HALLOW'S EVE
Featuring Nathan J. Reid & Anja Notanja Sieger
Spoken word poet Nathan J. Reid is a current resident of Madison, Wisconsin. His poetry is born out of a simple yet strong passion to strive for and share inner truth. Constantly rooting for the good in people, he explores aspects of human nature both sweet and bittersweet to create art that has an ultimately hopeful message. He believes the truth of one individual can ignite new truth in another, and that this process of sharing and discovering truth forwards the human condition in a direction that is positive, honest, and intelligent.
Nathan grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the youngest of five siblings (then gained two more brothers later on). He developed interests in writing and theatre at a young age. At fifteen years old he became a member of Eclectic Arts Ensemble Theatre Company (now Oshkosh Community Players), where he spent ten years acting, stage managing, directing, playwriting, set-building, and gaining experience in various other facets of the art form. His first national poetry and prose publications came at the age of eighteen, within the same issue of Teen Ink Magazine. Since then his poems have appeared in the Binnacle, the Penguin Review, the Fox Cry Review, as well as other journals. In 2014, he was the featured spoken word artist for “HOME: A Group Art Exhibition” and a featured poet for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Poetry Reading Series. In 2015, he qualified for Madison’s National Poetry Slam Team and was also the guest spoken word artist for “Byzantium (the Fallen Empire)“, a Silversärk event.
As an artist Anja uses several mediums such as typewritten poetry, performance art, community collaboration, paper cutting, drawing, crochet and sound to understand life. No matter the medium she uses, improvisation is the uniting force because it is the split second that most interests her. What wisdom rises to the surface by following instinct? Each day as she creates without preliminary sketches or goals, she conveys the precise essence of the present moment. Common themes explored in her work: the spirit world, the animal psyche, the feral feminine, the unknown, facing fear, mortality, and forging a humorous rebellion against the unacknowledged minutia of daily life.