Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy: How we became sisters
Felice Belle consumes and creates stories to make sense of the world and her place in it. She spends her free time solving fictional crimes. Full bioJennifer Murphy - Writer, performer, private investigator
Jennifer Murphy is an award-winning writer, performer and private investigator who spends her time solving crimes -- some real, some imagined. Full bio
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and Jennifer Murphy
from their play "Other Women,"
by Monica L. Williams,
and Jennifer Murphy.
of the rest of your life.
is worth more than it will ever be.
bed and breakfast hillside fire pit
and vineyard view.
bags of burgers.
sit at the blackjack table,
and possibly a monster like Loch Ness --
When the dream was a notion,
where NASA tested space ships.
but it kept being delayed.
in a bed of wrecked strawberries.
took endless drives over the grapevine
with oranges and silence,
you feared for its life.
on its face and crush it.
to love something so much.
on your neighbor's rose bushes.
reading the "Easter Parade"
as a waitress at a restaurant
it had better things to do.
dispatch fleets of messages to God
itself known in daylight.
publish, get rich, publish,
in the backseats of taxis,
with the truth.
the dream had you.
of its plans fell through.
it heard its name being called.
of sticking around long enough to be seen.
who've waited years for its arrival.
don't they, your girls?
and belief in you,
"No maps, no idea where we're headed."
cannot believe this is happening,
hallucinating with fear,
how we became sisters.
Like we're a married couple.
Poets Café in 1999.
spent in the audience or on the mic.
about the poet who killed it.
on the lap of my archnemesis.
with someone you don't like?
size me up and spit me out
before I've said one word.
before investigation" comes to mind.
she believes in science and math,
with logic, like a man.
lot of fairness and justice,
she only plays one onstage.
I say it as a private investigator,
doesn't need a license.
detective work, I learned on TV.
in the basement of Two Boots pizzeria.
we have a slice.
something I hadn't told anyone.
with Nacho Velasquez.
after I was diagnosed with cancer.
because my family wasn't handy.
with carved faces and missing ears.
little packets of graham crackers.
sweating through my dress,
there is a transit strike.
to Crown Heights
and this one is key.
no car service, no bus,
just to be by my side.
I'm having a meltdown."
around our friendship again.
and she is in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
and she is in Paris, writing.
sun-glassed and hoodied,
to the right soundtrack.
having flashbacks to 9/11,
in the North Tower.
you are asleep and she is calling.
your boyfriend, the cop, got shot
the depth and calm of a windless lake.
and remains very quiet and very kind.
"Let's see each other this week,"
and talk on the phone instead."
reminded me of you,"
of her and then you.
guided meditations again,
some spiritual-wisdom-type shit
each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.
with the constancy of dawn.
JM: What's wrong with you?
would raise their hands and say,
because she was having surgery.
on Fulton Street.
two decades, two women, one dream.
and wonderfully made."
you're done with that MFA."
thank God that pesky dream is finished,
to peeling potatoes and shucking corn.
when your play premieres
agrees to send out your stories.
romantic and spiritual victories.
of becoming when they grew up.
is poetry to the beloved.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERSFelice Belle - Poet, playwright, pop culture enthusiast
Felice Belle consumes and creates stories to make sense of the world and her place in it. She spends her free time solving fictional crimes.
Why you should listen
Felice Belle is a poet, playwright and pop culture enthusiast. She has performed at Joe’s Pub, the Apollo Theater and the American Museum of Natural History. Belle was a featured poet at TED’s City2.0 conference and her young audiences play, Game On!, premiered at the Kennedy Center as part of the One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide festival.
Belle co-wrote and performs alongside Jennifer Murphy in Other Women, a two-woman show about the enduring nature of sisterhood that interrogates ideas about women as artists, lovers, and friends. A unique theatrical experience with stories, poems and images, Other Women invites audiences to choose what’s real, what’s fantasy, and what lies between. Other Women was created by Monica L. Williams and produced by #LoveHustle, a global dialogue and performance series.
Belle holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University, an M.A. in Individualized Study from NYU’s Gallatin School and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Long Island University. She spends her free time solving fictional crimes.
Felice Belle | Speaker | TED.com
Jennifer Murphy - Writer, performer, private investigator
Jennifer Murphy is an award-winning writer, performer and private investigator who spends her time solving crimes -- some real, some imagined.
Why you should listen
Jennifer Murphy is an award-winning writer and performer whose work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. A recipient of the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award honoring excellence in multicultural literature, she has performed at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Knitting Factory and The Nuyorican Poets Café, among other performance venues. Murphy also maintains a parallel career as a private investigator, specializing in online investigations and threat monitoring for high-consequence events.
Murphy co-wrote and performs alongside Felice Belle in Other Women, a two-woman show about the enduring nature of sisterhood that interrogates ideas about women as artists, lovers, and friends. A unique theatrical experience with stories, poems and images, Other Women invites audiences to choose what’s real, what's fantasy, and what lies between. Other Women was created by Monica L. Williams and produced by #LoveHustle, a global dialogue and performance series.
Jennifer Murphy | Speaker | TED.com