Tag Archives: Tomas Moniz

Swimming Lessons and the Red Scare at Vox Populi Gallery

One more Philadelphia talk scheduled! See below:

Moles Not Molar Reading & Performance Series presents
Friday, September 23 @ 8pm
Vox Populi Gallery, 319 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor

SUE LANDERS (Brooklyn)

Sue Landers is the author of 248 mgs, a panic picnic and Covers, both from O Books. Her new chapbook, “15: A Poetic Engagement with the Chicago Manual of Style” is forthcoming from Propolis Press. She grew up in Germantown and now lives in Brooklyn.

MAUREEN THORSON (Washington, DC)

Maureen Thorson  is a poet, publisher, and book designer living in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the chapbooks Twenty Questions for the Drunken Sailor, Mayport, and Novelty Act.  Maureen is the publisher and editor of Big Game Books, a small press dedicated to emerging poets. She is also the co-curator of the In Your Ear reading series at the DC Arts Center and the founder of NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

ADRIENNE SKYE ROBERTS (San Francisco)

Adrienne Skye Roberts is a writer, curator and educator committed to engaging queer, anti-racist politics through the arts. Her work focuses broadly on issues of identity and place; specifically this includes the role of the artist in shifting urban landscapes, the relationship between public art and urban politics, the visuality of race, mobility and the myth of the American frontier.  Her writing is published on SF MOMA’s Open Space, Art Practical, Plastic Antinomy: Visual Arts in San Francisco and Oakland and Make/Shift: Feminisms in Motion. She teaches in the sculpture department at UC Santa Cruz and organizes with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.

Swimming Lessons and the Red Scare, Press Release


In 1953, at the height of the McCarthy Era, 9 leaders of the American Communist Party were arrested in Philadelphia in violation of the Smith Act and tried for conspiracy to overthrow the United States government. Over 50 years later, Adrienne Skye Roberts, current artist-in-residence at the Philadelphia Art Hotel and granddaughter of Joseph Roberts (one of the 9 Smith Act defendants) retraces her lineage to Philadelphia and this legacy of dissent and radicalism. Through archival research, interviews, letter-writing and visits to locations that were significant to her grandfather, Roberts’ constructs an incomplete narrative of a political and familial history that remains largely unseen. In addition to presenting a history of socialism in Philadelphia, Swimming Lessons and the Red Scare raises questions about family inheritance; what is passed down through generations and migrations and what is not and place; how we are taught in which spaces we belong. Swimming Lessons and the Red Scare takes the form of a performative lecture and accompanying publication based on The Daily Worker, the former Communist Party newspaper. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011 @ 7PM
Coral Street Arts House
2446 Coral Street at East Hagerty Street

Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 9PM
Boggsville Boatel and Boat-In Theater
Marina 59
5914 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway, Queens, NY

Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 7PM
Wooden Shoe Books
704 South Street
with Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood

(Design by Kris Holbrook)

Interview with my dad, Rick Roberts, featured in Rad Dad, Vol. 16

Back in August I met Tomas Moniz, editor and creator of Rad Dad, a zine by and for radical parents that has been Moniz’s labor of love for the past 5 years. Rad Dad is an incredible resource and outlet for discussing radical parenting strategies, breaking apart the traditional family structure as we know it and celebrating the overlap of political movements and making babies! I was inspired to contribute to his project by interviewing my own father about his Communist family and socialist politics. I’m pleased to announce that our interview entitled “Growing Up Radical: Stories from a Son and Granddaughter” is featured in the most recent issue of Rad Dad, Vol. 16. To order your own copy of Rad Dad for only $3 and to learn more about the project, check out the Rad Dad blog. Thanks, Tomas! Thanks, Dad!