What’s been happening at 741 Longfellow Street, NW for the last 150 years?
Find out today on the radio show, “Epic City” when I converse with
Jennifer Bort Yacovissi about her historical fiction novel, “Up the Hill to Home.”
Jenny’s has collected and elaborated her family’s story in the Washington City / Brightwood neighborhood from before the Civil War through the 20th Century.
The story centers around Lillie, who was born on 641 Flint Street before Flint Street became Longfellow Street, Lillie was an only child who married Ferd (not Fred but Ferd) and birthed nine children, one of whom is Jeanie, Jennifer’s own real life mother.
The novel includes a description of the 1864 Battle of Fort Stevens, life surrounding Nativity Church (now across from MacDonald’s and Walmart), and descriptions of early 20th century walks from 14th and Colorado to Takoma.
Listen live today, 10/18/2016, Epic City, from 4-5 PM, WOWD-LP Takoma Park, 93.4 FM, streaming worldwide at takomaradio.org
Some Moments Stay the Same
September 30, 2016 So here I am again, sixty-six years after the scream I never heard. Again. Sixty-six years ago. Some moments stay the same. My infant brother blue and dead in the cradle. My mother lifting up a cry of horror and grief to the heavens, a cry my child brain has still refused to hear. My father catching my mother as she collapses toward the floor beside the cradle. Me standing there alone. And then an orange light in the window telling me to write.
from EpicCentering the National Mall
Contact Dr. Carolivia Herron, carolivia@StreetToStreet.org
The Fall of Phaeton:
An African American Response to the painting by Peter Paul Rubens
On Sunday, October 2, 2016 young (and old!) authors and artists of the DMV will gather on the National Mall, in front of the National Gallery of Art, to demonstrate in honor of art. The award winning poet Javon Lawson and his young associates will present a 40 minute retelling and elaboration of the Greek myth of Phaeton. The short drama was inspired by the Rubens painting, The Fall of Phaeton, which hangs in the National Gallery of Art. After the presentation, we will all carry paintings by the students of Coolidge High School (DCPS), holding the works as if they were protest signs. In this case, however, the “protest” is an outcry in favor of art. Participants will carry these art works down the National Mall from the National Gallery of Art to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). A major purpose of this event is to welcome NMAAHC to the National Mall.
Join us in front of the National Galley of Art (NGA)
(on the National Mall side, NOT the Constitution Ave side of the main building, Madison Drive at what would be 6th Street if the NGA were not there)
Sunday October 2, 2016
2:00 -3:30 PM
Background Note: Phaeton, a son of a mortal mother, Clymene, and the sun god (Helios / Apollo / Sol) searched for his father, but was eventually cast out of the sky by Zeus because he could not handle the horses of the sun. High school students in Washington, DC took the theme, “I, too, went searching for my father (or mother or self or culture) as a mantra for adapting the Rubens painting and the classical myth to contemporary American experiences
From EpicCentering the National Mall
Contact Dr. Carolivia Herron, carolivia@StreetToStreet.org
I Remember When the National Mall Was Made (streamed live on acrossthefader.org 9/23/2016 10:15-11:15 AM)
On Friday, September 23, 2016 students of Shining Stars Montessori Public Charter School (DCPS) present essays and drawings as responses to people and places of the National Mall. In one essay the student imagines herself reminiscing as the Statue of Freedom on the top of the Capital dome, above the National Mall. Additional essays reflect on National Mall events, people and places such as the AIDS quilt, the 1963 March on Washington, the cherry blossoms, the Smithsonian castle, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The event is one of many EpicCentering the National Mall events welcoming the new National Museum of African American History and Culture to the National Mall.
- Join us on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
- Friday September 23, 2016
- 10:00 AM – Noon
New EpicCenter Stories Programs
Our first and primary goal is to establish a model classrooms in schools and community centers to demonstrate our modules, and begin production of curriculum materials that include: live performances, electronic and face to face instruction, and field trips.
We have recently begun to develop other programs. The first was Epic Publishing. And more recently a radio broadcast in Takoma Radio with interviews of musicians writers, and other story focused personalities. The most recent series of programs are called EpicCentering and developed the DC Public Library.
News: Epic City Broadcast and PeaceSong DC
A new venture for Carolivia is a radio show, Epic City, supported by EpicCenter Stories. Each week, Carolivia interviews an artist or writer. Epic City, WOWD-LP Takoma Radio 94.3 FM, streamed on takomaradio.org.
Click on Blog for Carolivia’s reflections and latest newsCarolivia’s most recent novel, PeaceSong DC: A Jewish Africana Academia Epic Tale of Washington City (Street to Street Epic Publishing, 2016) is available in print and digital versions. You can purchase them in the EpicCenter Stories store or on Amazon.
If you order from the EpicCenter, you can ask for autographed copies of all Carolivia’s books.
More on PeaceSong DC
Carolivia’s latest book, Peacesong DC went to press on her 69th birthday, July 22, 2016. Peacesong DC consists of fictionalized autobiographical chapters extracted and amended from Carolivia Herron’s longer work, Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair. In order to highlight the Washington DC aspect of the author’s identity.
In Peacesong DC Carolivia’s persona, Shirah Shulamit Ojero has four loves, her African American culture, her Jewish heritage, academic study — especially the study of literary epics — and her city, Washington, DC. Peacesong DC displays the interconnection of these four loves as Shirah grows up in the Washington DC neighborhoods of Mayfair Mansions, Kenilworth, Anacostia, Takoma DC. and downtown.
To Purchase PeaceSong DC at EpicCenter Stories. (Coming soon. Store is being tested.)
To Purchase at Amazon.com.