Mars Caulton

Mars Caulton "that revolutionary sister"

Casting word + song into rhythms electronic + acoustic, Mars delivers social analysis, dreams and blueprints for change. Her performance roots include childhood violin, high school madrigal, and Chicago's poetry slam scene. She has performed spoken word at Amnesty International's Regional Conference 1999; several Insight Arts Women's Performance Jams; UIC's Center For Youth and Society; University Of Chicago's Sexual Violence Prevention Month Kick-off 2002; Douglas Ewart's Crepuscule, Poetry In The Park; Bucktown Arts Fest; WomanMade Gallery; on WZRD and WLUW; and at numerous political benefits, high schools and poetry readings. She founded Poetic Service Announcement to present urgent social justice messages to new audiences via street corners, a benefit CD, and marching in several Bud Billikan parades. She also founded She Laughs, a female interdisciplinary improvisational poetry/music mob with one CD, Elements Of Life, Love And Action. In May 1999 at the Guild Complex, Mars presented Goddess: An Autobiography, a solo performance art piece. She represented Chicago in the 1999 National Poetry Slam. She has been a featured speaker at many political rallies.

Her poetry has been published in after hours journal, Warpland, Head Case, and Chicago Poetry On-line. Her article, From One Great Book: A Residency Hip H/opera Project was published in Teaching Artist Journal. As an early childhood music/poetry educator, Mars has worked for Ravinia Festival, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, and the Ounce of Prevention Fund.

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