Welcome to Tête-à-tête Thursday with the incomparable Haddie Isolde Rae. Everybody give me zagharoot!
Haddie Rae came to Kentucky 11 years ago to attend graduate school and found many much better things. She is a professional tribal fusion belly dancer, fire performer, yoga instructor and ameteur slam poet. You can see her in action tomorrow night at the Wild Women of Poetry Slam.
The Bourbonista: Tell me about yourself in 50 words or less. At least one word must begin with the letter “X” and none can begin with the letter “S.”
Haddie: I am a fire twirling, belly dancing, Appalachian clogging, circus freak, Xena Warrior Princess wannabe.
The Bourbonista: Ooohhh, I love me some clogging. Can you "wring the chicken?" You know when you get your leg twirling like a windmill. I used to do it as a party trick. I retired it after I kicked this expensive Murano glass ashtray off somebody's coffee table. I bet you keep your chicken under control...tight. If you were a circus performer, what would you be and why?
Haddie: I feel like I already have been a circus performer with some of the things I've done in my life over the last 11 years but if I were to *actually* join the circus for real I would probably be part of the sideshow as a fire eater/some crazy performer involving a chain saw or (in the old days) doing the hootchie cooch...because the sideshow freaks were always my favorites and I feel like a kindred spirit with them.
The Bourbonista: Freaks unite. I just purchased my first chainsaw. Seriously, I did. You can borrow it anytime. Now, what would you do if you won the lottery?
Haddie: Pay off every bill I owe, every bill my mother owes, hire her a personal driver for her and all the art supplies she will ever need for the rest of her life. Buy a house and remodel it to suit a performance artist's life style (complete with a dance studio, art studio, large backyard with fire pit, spare bedrooms for visiting artists)
The Bourbonista: You are one good daughter. Your mama must be so proud. Would I classify as a visiting artist now that I live at the lake? I wanna' come get all creative and roast marshmallows in your fire pit. Roast marshmallows in your fire pit...why does that sound like a double entendre? Moving along, if you were on death row…don’t act like you don’t know who you killed to get there…what would be your last supper?
Haddie: My mother's macaroni casserole (seriously...it's the shit!") and I mean, 8 or 9 bowls of it. 5)
The Bourbonista: Recipe, please. Or better yet, could we get you mother make us some and ship it on dry ice? Or maybe road trip right to the source. I need a bowl of this magic macaroni! Okay, here's my favorite, write a short “Thank You” letter to your future self for all the cool shit you’ve done twenty years from now.
Haddie: To the 62 year old Haddie... I want to thank you for being brave enough to move 1,000 miles away from home to pursue a life that you had no idea what you were in store for. You danced, wrote poetry and played with fire. You made wonderful friends, supported yourself and fulfilled childhood dreams. You made it to 62, not unscathed but mostly happy. Your mother and grandfather would be proud
The Bourbonista: Lexington is lucky to have you and not about to let you leave, so don't try. Seriously, we'll hunt you down and lure you back with sparkly skirts, horror films, and Sidebar Grill swag and gift certificates. Speaking of Sidebar, if you were a booze, which booze would you be and who would you want to drink you?
Haddie: I would be vodka... Light, refreshing and packing a punch... Anyone who would want to remember how that punch can sneak up on ya would drink me.
The Kentucky Women Writers Conference and WRFL’s Boomslang Festival join forces to present an evening of high-energy spoken word poetry competition, featuring award winning performance poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor at the Wild Women of Poetry Slam. Poets will compete for a panel of judges – including a very special celebrity judge, esteemed poet and alternative hip hop artist Saul Williams – for the $500 Faith A. Smith poetry prize. Second prize is $300.
Emceed by Bianca Spriggs
Opening entertainment by Sisters of the Sacred Drum
What: Competitive spoken word poetry by women performance poets from across the country
Where: Carrick Theatre, Transylvania University
When: Doors at 6:30 p.m., free admission, all ages ***Content may not be appropriate for children***
Presented by WRFL’s Boomslang and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, this official after-party for the Wild Women of Poetry Slam will feature local DJs, a poetry open mic and a spoken word performance by esteemed poet and alternative hip hop artist Saul Williams. Open mic sign-ups start at 10 p.m.
Open mic emceed by Joy Priest
Doors at 9:45 p.m., free admission
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