Hush now..poems to read aloud


Hush Now: Poems to Read Aloud

Poetry Workshop and Reading by Annette Daniels Taylor

Award-winning poet, playwright and activist, Annette Daniels Taylor will present at GO ART! in Batavia on February 9 and at Hoag Library in Albion on February 16, both from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The  Workshop, from 6:00-6:30 will focus on creating blackout poems, using biographies of former enslaved African Americans.  The poetry readings from 6:30-7:30  will be drawn from her book, “Hush Now, Poems to Read Aloud,” a collection of the lyrical verse and prose narrated by maids, slaves, sharecroppers, and field workers living in America.
Suitable for ages 12 and older, teens accompanied by an adult.

GO ART! is excited to present Annette Daniels Taylor as part of our Genesee-Orleans Culture Connects (GO-C) series, celebrating the riches of diverse cultures and communities in our region.  The series will continue through the summer with programs at numerous locations throughout our counties.

Annette Daniel’s Taylor is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, singer and costumer.  She had what many would consider a dream job, wardrobe supervisor for HBO's Def Comedy Jam and stylist for artists such as Ruby Dee, Queen Latifah, and Lenny Kravitz.  Annette writes, "One day I woke up and decided that dressing the talented and famous was not what I wanted to do any longer. I was in hiding as a performance artist and my spirit would not allow me to continue hiding."  This lead her to audition and win a scholarship to study at New York's, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Today Daniels Taylor is an award-winning playwright and poet, including the 2009 Artie Emanuel Fried Award for New Play, A Little Bit of Paradise.  Her most recent publication is the is the 2016 book, “Hush Now, poems to read aloud.”  Author and playwright, Kathleen Betsko, describes the work:  

"... Hush now displays the author's extraordinary skill as storyteller. She brings us rich tales of African-American experience told with equal measures of passion and empathy, joy and sorrow. Both playwright and poet, Daniels Taylor has an instinct for the jugular, and distills the rarely -told stories of slave, maids, cotton harvesters ... into a fine collection of poetry.”

Using poetry and performance, Annette explores language, sound, and identity, through culture and community experience. Sharing her work on stage, screens, and learning centers she finds great value working with youth at a higher risk of being lost in social and academic systems.  Some of her more recent education partnerships include Buffalo City Summer School of The Arts; Young Audiences WNY; Just Buffalo Literary Center; Erie County Youth Detention Center; People Inc; McKinley High School; Buffalo Academy of Performing & Visual Arts; Canisius College YALT program; Gateway Longview; Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries; Americorps, and Buffalo State College STEM-STEAM program.  She has worked on or behind many notable Buffalo and NYC stages, including HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, MTV, Apollo Theater, Black Entertainment Television, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Ensemble Theatre, La Mama, and Nuyorican Poets Café.

Annette is currently an MFA Arthur Schomburg Fellow with the Department of Media Study, SUNY University at Buffalo, and was a 2016 Pink Door Poetry Fellow.  She and her husband, artist Rodney Taylor, reside in Buffalo with their four children.

Please visit GO ART!'s gallery page at for our current exhibit,

#BlackOutPoetic: Poems Inspired by the Underground Railroad

by Annette Daniels Taylor

January 31 - March 31, 2017

For more information on the author please visit