The Normandale Reading Series and the Normandale Diversity Center are co-sponsoring a talk with local filmmaker, writer, and spoken word artist E.G. Bailey.
E.G. Bailey, recently named one of Filmmaker magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and a McKnight Media Artist Fellow, is an Ivey award-winning artist, filmmaker, director and producer. He is the recipient of a regional Emmy, LIN travel grant, and the Hughes, Diop, Knight Poetry Award from the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference. His work is featured in the Target Art Connects commercial, now archived at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC). He was an editor for the film, Petting Zoo, which debuted at the 65th International Berlin Film Festival. Bailey has directed and assisted plays for well-known production houses, such as: The Guthrie, Pillsbury House, and Children's Theater. Titles include: Othello, Amiri Baraka's Wise Why's, Juno and the Paycock, The Brother Size, and Sha Cage's N-Word and U/G/L/Y.
He is the co-founder of Tru Ruts Endeavors, MN Spoken Word Association, and the Million Artist Movement. Bailey's written works have been published in Solid Ground, the millennial issue of Drumvoices Revue, Warpland, a publication by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center, and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, an anthology.
His latest work includes the co-curation of America Now!, a special film project which has taken place at the Tampere Film Festival in Finland, Latvia and others; and his film, New Neighbors, premiered at the 2017 Sundance film festival, and has won numerous awards and screened at over 100 festivals world-wide.