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The chameleon was a one-time thing. Probably. My name is Alaina Johns. I'm a freelance writer and editor based in Philadelphia, PA.  

 

 

Ursula Rucker on her craft and the magic of Germantown

Ursula Rucker on her craft and the magic of Germantown

Published on August 22, 2018 in CityWide Stories.

Philly native and Temple grad Ursula Rucker has been storming hearts and minds with her own brand of interdisciplinary spoken-word performance all over the world, but she loves her home in Germantown.

Rucker has released five of her own albums, and recorded and performed with artists like The Roots, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, King Britt, and many others. Last year, Mural Arts featured her epic poem Logan Squared: Ode to Philly in its city-wide Monument Lab exhibition. This year, she’s a Pew fellow.

It’s a scary time to be a journalist, and you have a journalism degree. How does that background inform or influence your current writing and performance practice?

I didn’t really know how it informed my practice until people told me throughout the years … I am an observer, and kind of reporting what I’m seeing and what I’m feeling … things we need to pay attention to, work that needs to be done. I basically have accepted that I am artist, but within being an artist … I’m also an observer and a reporter. Read more

An American tradition

An American tradition