Scylla Liscombe is a poet, dancer, and visual artist. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she majored in dance at Radford University (Va.) and currently lives in Sarasota, Florida.Ms. Liscombe is one of the few poets in the country working in the ancient, spontaneous, spoken mode of composition to music. She is the originator, along with Justin Spring, of SOULSPEAK a contemporary version of the ancient oral poetry used by all cultures prior to reading and writing. In 1992 they co-founded a non-profit organization, the SARASOTA POETRY THEATRE, which ultimately evolved into SOULSPEAK/SOULMOVES and was dedicated to the healing power of spontaneous and collaborative poetry, dance, and related arts. Ms. Liscombe served as managing and executive director for 18 years, and as an adjunct to the organization, she initiated the Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press and served as editor publishing over 40 titles.She is the founder, director, and costume designer of SOULMOVES and the SOULMOVES ENSEMBLE, which promote spontaneous movement and dance that expresses the mood of the moment using mask and costume. Ms. Liscombe also creates mixed-media art works which are currently exhibited online.Featured Poetry Performances
Stage—Amherst College, Bard College, Eckerd College, Nuyorican Cafe, Prodigal Son, Third Rail Lounge Boston, University of Mass/Dartmouth, Bennington College, Holy Cross College, Sarah Lawrence College, Salem College, Yakkety Jazz Festival/Players Theatre, and others.CD Albums—Gathering Smoke, Speakings, Nursery Raps, I’m Talkin’ to You Oprah, Witnesses Log, In Your Mind, Poetry of the Women of Sarasota, River.Art Videos—Soul Exposures, More Poetry in Three Dimensions, Fractal Poetry, SOULSPEAK: The Outward Journey of the Soul, Poets and Painters Paint Poetry, Poetry of the Women of Sarasota.
Featured Dance Performances
Stage—art galleries, theatres, festivals, and events, including Sarasota Poetry Theatre, Soulspeak, Sarasota Film Festival, Festival Diapente, Theatre Odyssey, White on State, Arts Tonight, Fuzion Dance Artists
Art Videos—More Poetry in Three Dimension, Audio/Visual Poems #1 and #2, Soul Exposures, Poetry of the Women of Sarasota.
Therapeutic Poetry Programs
Ms. Liscombe served as assistant director in therapeutic programs (1995—2007) for SOULSPEAK/SOULMOVES using a specialized version of SOULSPEAK poetry that allows anyone to easily express deep emotions in a beautiful, healing way. Over 3,500 at-risk children and adults participated in these long-term SOULSPEAK programs at organizations such as Gulf Coast Marine Institute; Cyesis Teen Parent Program; YMCA Character House; Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches; Beacon House Mental Health; Tammi House for Recovering Alcoholics; Family Counseling Center; Coastal Behavioral Health Care; TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, and others.
Ms. Liscombe has edited and published: 21 poets including Dana Curtis, Jessica Jordan Nudel, Madelon Sprengnether, Victoria Sullivan, and Adrianne Kalfoupoulou (Greece); 21 titles from therapeutic SOULSPEAK programs (at-risk children and adults); and two anthologies of at-risk populations for the Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press. She has chaired over 35 local and national poetry competitions including the Sarasota Poetry Theatre Chapbook Competition, Animals in Poetry Anthology Competition, Edda Poetry Chapbook Competition for Women, and numerous young poet competitions. She continues to edit poetry manuscripts for poets electing to publish.
Ms. Liscombe is a mixed-media visual artist. Her art has appeared locally at the Longboat Key Art Center, Art Center Sarasota, Unity Church, Center for Arts & Humanities, in magazines, and as cover art on books and music albums. Currently her work is exhibited for sale at scylla-liscombe.artistwebsites.com.
1996 Sirius Award for Oral Poetry, Tampa Bay Poetry Council
2003 Images of Voices and Hope
2003 Point of Life Award in Excellence