Heather ‘Byrd’ Roberts Announces Participation In KC Fringe Festival With Award-Winning Show
Chicago, IL (PRUnderground) July 13th, 2020
Poet, educator, and author Heather ‘Byrd’ Roberts is announcing her participating in the 2020 Virtual KC Fringe Festival with her award-winning show, “inHERitance: the stories we carry,” running through July 26th.
Byrd says “inHERitance” illuminates her quest for liberation. “Ever wonder why a black woman raises her voice? Dating back to 1526, it’s been a daily battle for her to love, to survive, to breathe. Her tears have ripples filled with the weight of isolation, invisibility, and a nagging feeling of missing something she didn’t know existed.”
Byrd wants Black women to know they’re not alone in experiencing the difficulties of life, and they can find connection and camaraderie with others experiencing similar things. “There needs to be a sense of community,” she says, ”There also needs to be a common language. That’s what gives Black woman a voice, and with that voice, she is empowered to continue living in the face of adversity.”
Tickets for the exhibition are here: https://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/inheritance/. An early version of this show was in the Andersonville Lit Crawl in 2016 where, the organizers named her “a force to be reckoned with.” The full premier of this show made its debut at the 2019 St. Louis Fringe Festival, where the show received the National Artist of the Year Award. Byrd is the National Artist of the Year for the 2020 St. Louis Fringe happening August 16-23, 2020.
Byrd’s first chapbook, ‘Mahogany: A Love Letter To Black’ was published in 2016, and her work focuses on the intersectionality between form and freedom. She uses her experiences as a Black woman in a variety of spaces to shed light on issues of privilege, love, and familial relationships.