by Pearlie M. Bowser
Students, faculty, staff and the Albany community will celebrate the artistic essence of the written and spoken word at the Albany State University 7th annual Poetry Festival Nov. 10 through Nov. 12. The three-day event will include spoken word performances, poetry workshops, and world-renowned poets. This year’s poetry festival features award-winning authors Amiri Baraka, Pearl Cleage, and Thomas Sayers Ellis. Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, poetry editor of the literary magazine African Voices will also be featured.
The festival kicks off 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, with an Open Mic event for students, faculty, staff, local poets and spoken word artists, in the Student Center ballroom. Monday and Tuesday are filled with guest performances, open discussions, empowerment forums, poetry readings, and spoken word performances. The poetry fest will also include a tribute to Lucille Clifton, a prolific and widely respected poet, whose work depicted endurance and strength through adversity, particularly in the black community.
“Poetry is that universal language that everybody can speak to. You don’t have to be a published poet to write,” said Jeffery Mack, ASU professor of English. “We offer these sorts of outlets where students can freely express themselves and then be recognized for that.”
The poetry festival is sponsored by the ASU Department of English, Modern Languages and Mass Communication, and Title III. This event is free and open to the public. An event schedule is attached.
For more information contact the ASU Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.