Female Dub Poet, Cherry Natural For Indiana University Workshop Series
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Natural is known as a "reggae poet," meaning her poems are influenced heavily by the everyday experiences of Jamaicans and the sounds, rhythms and creativity of generations of Jamaican musicians and storytellers.
"I want to go to the universities, colleges, prisons, hospitals, poetry festivals . . . anywhere and everywhere, to bring poetry therapy to people who need to be inspired and motivated," Natural said.
Her poetry addresses critical social and economic issues and celebrates the contributions of women around the globe. With her words, she strives to bring personal healing and self-liberation.
She began performing in 1979 and is also a motivational speaker, producer and martial arts instructor with a Black Belt in Modern Arnis. She has published two collections of poetry, released a variety of spoken word recordings and received numerous awards for her poetry and work with audiences of all ages.
Since 1990, Natural has been touring and delivering her message with poetry throughout the U.S., Canada, the UK and the Caribbean.
John Galuska, director of the Foster International LLC, first met Cherry in 1991 in Kingston and has worked with her since then on a range of research projects and events.
"Cherry served as a primary source of inspiration and resource for my doctoral research and fieldwork," said Galuska. "She has also inspired the IU students I take to Jamaica each spring as part of the interdisciplinary 'Roots, Fruits & Jamaican Ecologies' course I teach. She is very excited to return to Bloomington and interact with a range of students, faculty and staff."
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