phati’tude Literary TV Show

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phati’tude Literary TV Show (formerly known as “phatLiterature, A Literary TV Program) was created by the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (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.

Background Information on phatLiterature

In 2002, the IAAS developed phatLiterature as three 1-hour pilot programs that were cosponsored by the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center (Queens Library, formerly known as “Queens Borough Public Library”) and supported with an in-kind grant from Queens Public Television (QPTV), a public access network. Hosted by long-time Queens resident, poet, writer and publisher, Gabrielle David, and award-winning poet, playwright and writer, Nathalie Handal, all three pilots were taped before a live studio audience at the Langston Hughes Community Library in September 2002 and aired on QPTV in January 2003. The studio audience, which was comprised of longstanding supporters of the IAAS and the Langston Hughes Library, members of the Queens community as well as folks from the outer boroughs, Long Island and New Jersey, were joined by students from Boricua College (Manhattan campus), who attended as part of their class assignment.


“phatLiterature is well produced. I also find the program content culturally diverse and believe it to be important to share with our community. . . . callers have expressed that they enjoyed this program.”

— Access 13, Arizona

Each episode opens with a lively exchange between hosts David and Handal, who conduct insightful interviews with writers and discuss activities from the literary community, with performance by most guests, followed by a “Q&A” segment between audience members and guests. At the end of each taping, writers and visual artists are available for book/print sales and signings to the studio audience.

When David and Handal returned as hosts in 2004 at the Langston Hughes Library, phatLiterature became an independently produced program and was pared-down into a half-hour series consisting of ten episodes. phatLiterature was co-sponsored by the Langston Hughes Library, with grants and funds received from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), New York State Education Department, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Library, Queens Borough President’s Office, and the Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst, Inc., private donations and contributions. phatLiterature received additional funding from Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Astoria Federal Savings and Flushing Savings Bank. phatLiterature’s website received support from Queens Council on the Arts’ JPMorgan Chase Arts and Culture Regrants Program.

Instead of relegating phatLiterature to one station, the IAAS envisioned airing the series on public access networks and college stations throughout the United States, reaching more than half-a-million viewers. And while phatLiterature continues to feature interviews of writers and poets, in order to support and promote local visual artists, phatLiterature opened its stage to act as a gallery for both new and accomplished visual artist during its episodes, including the production of a 60-second spot entitled VISUAL SIGNATURES on each visual artist, which is broadcast on each episode.

phatLiterature’s 2002 Season was reissued as a half-hour episode, and along with the 2004 Season, distributed to 50 plus public access and college stations across the country. phatLiterature began its third season in 2006 with phatLiterature: In Conversation, which features extended one-on-one interviews conducted by Gabrielle David and Tony Medina. Whether it’s a poet, playwright or novelist, these creative minds behind the written word provide an informal, free-flowing conversation, discussing a wide range of issues and subjects. The interviews originate from remote locations: either at a writer’s home or workspace, and they are recorded for a later broadcast date. With the intimacy and openness achieved in a one-on-one interview, phatLiterature: In Conversation provides viewers an inside look into the making of contemporary literature. Those videos will be released on our website by the end of the year.

In 2009, the IAAS decided to retire “phatLiterature, A Literary TV Program” and rename it phati’tude Literary TV Show and incorporate it into our “phati’tude programming.” We felt that in order to better serve the community, the TV show, literary magazine and existing programs VISIONARY VOICES and VISUAL SIGNATURES should be presented under one umbrella.

We hope to bring phati’tude Literary TV Show back in 2013.  Our goal is to reach the broadest audience possible by collaborating with artists, scholars and community organizations to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education and to promote literary talent and achievement through all media, old and new.

Writers who have appeared on phati’tude Ltierary TV Show:
Tony Medina, Sydnee Stewart, Nelly Rosario, Idra Novey, John Watusi Branch, Mikhail Iossel, Bridgit Evans, Rana Kazkaz, Bob Holman, Abiodun Oyewole, Kristin Prevallet, Shirley Bradley LeFlore, Maryemma Graham, Meena Alexander, Ram Prasad Devenini, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Askia Touré, Tony Van Der Meer, Ammiel Alcalay, Brenda Walcott, Victor Hernández Cruz and Tonya Foster.

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