So what is phati’tude? It’s an emphatic attitude towards contemporary literature. Born from the need to change a static mindset on the written word. Conceived with the vision of a nonprofit organization to foster understanding of and respect for cultural diversity through literature and media literacy. Realized by its founder, Gabrielle David, in a literary arts TV program and printed magazine to provide a forum for poets, writers and educators. Evolved to include a series of initiatives that combine the strength of traditional media with the power and reach of new media. Below is a brief summary of each program:
phati’tude Literary Magazine (PLM) is an attractive quarterly that publishes poetry, fiction and essays written by both emerging and established writers of diverse origins whose works exhibit social, political and cultural awareness. We’re using print-on-demand, Amazon Kindle and publishing excerpts on our website, combining old and new media distribution models that allows us to financially do what we love.
We feel this is an important step for us to take because it opens phati’tude Literary Magazine up to many more voices and we have a better opportunity to find new talent that people will want to read. We’re now accepting submissions for poetry, short stories, artwork, photos, video, essays, book, art and video reviews – anything relevant to literature. Deadline is March 1, 2010 for our Spring 2010 issue. For more information, check out our submission guidelines.
phati’tude Literary TV Show (formerly known as “phatLiterature, A Literary TV Program”) was created by the IAAS to feature interviews of emerging and established writers who inspire, inform and educate with creativity and passion their craft through a medium that is accessible to all. A weekly 28-minute program that is taped before a live studio audience in a community-based setting, phati’tude Literary TV Show was developed as an extension of phati’tude Literary Magazine, by transferring the written word into the spoken word with insightful interviews.
phati’tude Literary TV Show also showcases visual artists by integrating their works as part of the set design and are featured in a 90-second segment called VISUAL SIGNATURES. phati’tude Literary TV Show has aired on approximately 50 public access networks and college stations across the country. We’re planning new shows for the 2010-2011 season. Check out our videos and tell us what you think!
VISIONARY VOICES is a documentary-style, 28-minute television program that presents America’s literary visionaries of the past. Featuring writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, William Carlos Williams and others, this eclectic range of writers cut across the cultural divide in a number of literary genres, including poetry, plays, fiction, nonfiction and prose. Each episode of VISIONARY VOICES acquaints viewers with an author’s background and their literary significance, including the author’s body of work. Utilizing photographs, footage and interviews of contemporary writers, the program showcases a wealth of extraordinary voices and dynamic narrative methods of American authors. VISIONARY VOICES’ objective is to enlarge viewers’ comprehension of literature and to promote awareness of the breadth and variety of American writing.
VISUAL SIGNATURES is a mini-documentary that promotes the works of professional visual artists from diverse backgrounds. They tell their stories, discuss what they do, why they do it, and in most cases, show how they create their works. Initially created as a 90-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) for phati’tude Literary TV Show, VISUAL SIGNATURES was developed to showcase the visual artists who participated in the program. Our goal is to cultivate the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual artists. Featuring Roberta Berman, Otto Neals, Abdul Badi, Anders Knutsson, Nikita Hunter, Louie Gasparro, Michael Singletary and Takeshi Yamada. Check out our videos and tell us what you think!
phatitude Language & Literary Arts Curriculum (phatLLAC) examines American literature by exploring its political, cultural and social traits, and how they affect the literary genres, writers and works of our time. Available for middle school, high school and college levels, phatLLAC’s unit fits seamlessly into the English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum as an enriched study on poetry, memoir, fiction writing and author study. The unit can also be embedded into a visual arts or social studies curriculum that makes connections between art and American history. phatLLAC’s goal is to enlarge students’ comprehension of literature and to promote awareness of the breadth and variety of American writing. phatLLAC emphasizes the uniqueness of literary language, the formal and generic conventions of writing, the position that literature occupies as a site for historical and ideological contributions, and the continuing human significance of the great works of the past and present that helps us in our understanding of the human spirit.
Contact us at info[at]phatitude.org for more information.