April Bandy-Taylor is a poet, storyteller, playwright, and supporter of the arts. She worked in the health and wellness field for many years and holds graduate degrees in both exercise science and counseling. She believes that all of life’s most beautiful moments are best captured through indelible “unbroken ink,” both on paper and the skin. A regular at local poetry and storytelling events, she is also active in the community as a volunteer. As a playwright, her work has been featured in Piccolo Spoleto (“Crazy Bitch”, 5th Wall Productions) and HorrorFest II (“By the Light of the Lululemon”, Charleston Playwrights Circle/SOBTC). Poetry and article features include: Recovery Warriors, Entropy’s Enclave magazine, and the Charleston Free Verse Festival Words on Windows display. April is passionate about Broadway shows, tattoos, and animal rights. She currently resides in Charleston, SC with her wife, 3 rescue dogs, and one rowdy chinchilla. Her new poetry book, "Unbroken Ink: A Poet's Collection of Tattoos and Scars," is available now at www.unbrokenink.com.
Statement of Response
My poem, “Sunday Call to Prayer,” was inspired by Greg Miller’s Hillsboro Pike (2008) photograph of his Nashville series. Of all the images in the Southbound exhibit, I found this particular one to be the most striking. The contrast of the African American pastor alone in a bright, almost white, parking lot was so moving. He was dressed completely in a dark suit, his car was dark, his travel case was dark. He was standing with his head bowed as if he was carrying a burden almost too heavy to bear or perhaps asking for strength to face the challenges ahead. Greg Miller’s Hillsboro Pike on the surface may seem like a simple image, but upon closer observation, one may begin to explore the intricacies of both religion and race relations in the Deep South.