Hip-hop poet Aaron Jaffer is in Tamworth this week

TAMWORTH — Spoken-word poet and playwright Aaron Jafferis takes Tamworth by storm through Jan. 13. Through hip-hop theater and performance poetry, Jafferis explores human identity. Using rhythm and verbs he tells his story of growing up in New Haven, Connecticut, with honesty and honor, and teaches us to tell our own.

Arts Council of Tamworth welcomes Jafferis for a weeklong artist's residency, culminating in a final performance on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Tamworth Lyceum at 7 p.m. Jafferis and beatboxer Chris Celiza will perform Aaron's original work, "Smooth Criminal," "the story of a nerdy New Haven kid desperate to liberate his people—as soon as he can figure out who they are." Tickets are "Choose Your Own Ticket Price": Adults, $5-$30, Kids, $0-$5 and can be reserved online at tamworthlyceum.com. Coffee and small plates will be available for purchase.

Aaron Jafferis is a hip-hop poet and playwright whose honors include a Creative Capital Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship, NEFA National and a MacDowell Fellowship.

"I write to link my personal experience with what's happening in the world," said Jafferis. The mission of Arts Council of Tamworth is to inspire and empower our rural community through exposure to and collaboration with master artists and performers representing diverse cultures and art forms.

This residency is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies. Support also comes from area sponsors: The Other Store, BEAM Construction, Club Motorsports, Cooper Cargill & Chant, Settler's Green, White Mountain Oil & Propane, White Mountain Survey & Engineering, Winnipesaukee Driving School.


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Aaron Jafferis