|Treasure Redmond and her dad Eugene Redmond after a reading in St. Louis, February 2011|
Hang out with Eugene B. Redmond or Treasure Shields Redmond for more than a few seconds, and they'll start introducing you to poets. The elder Redmond will introduce you to histories of poets you hadn't heard enough about, and the younger Redmond introduces you to emergent poets who haven't become fully established yet.
I first met Treasure Redmond, let's see, about 18 years ago. I was a first-year student at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. I traveled across town to attend a poetry reading at Jackson State University (JSU); the event was hosted/organized by a sister-poet named "Treasure." The "reading" included poets, rappers, singers, and instrumentalists. There was a dj and a band.
|DJ Needles of St. Louis provides music at one of Treasure's poetry reading, April 2013.|
Back then, as an undergrad, I didn't make the connection between the poet Treasure and the author of Drumvoices, which I began reading during my time at Tougaloo. In fact, I didn't make the connection until 2003 when I started working at SIUE and Professor Redmond mentioned his daughter, Treasure, just in passing.
"Hold up" I interrupted, "That Treasure, is your daughter?!?"