October 26, 2010

Spoken Word Poet Leah Gardner

I met Leah Gardner in 2004, when I started volunteering for Pushing Limits Radio (KPFA Berkeley). With Adrienne Lauby, Leah was a great introduction to the East Bay disability community and to the world of local radio by and for people with disabilities. Leah and I did shows on emergency preparedness just after Katrina (oddly, we had both been former employees of the Red Cross at separate times and thus, had firsthand knowledge of just how best intentions could become messy). One of our bets adventures was tracking down comedian and little person Tanyalee Davis at an SF hotel and did a special hour on her for PL. Leah has been an adaptive tech trainer at the LightHouse for the Blind for some time and in 2008, she alerted me to an opening there. So, we've gotten to be co-workers once again.

Besides being a patient and highly knowledgeable adapt tech trainer, Leah is an exuberant spoken word poet who has competed in many slams. Stay tuned to the Starry Plough's events list, as you might catch her and her guide dog Sicily performing there. Oh, and if you love her work as I do, be her friend on Facebook and check out many of her new poems in text and audio version.

Listen to Leah perform Vision: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8562731/Leah%2BGardner%2B-%2BVision%2B(ACB2001).mp3