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A Celebration of Philadelphia Poets
Start Date: 11/18/2017Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 11/18/2017End Time: 5:30 PM

Event Description:

Philadelphia’s vibrant poetry community embraces a variety of styles, from an exuberant Spoken Word presence on the one hand to a vital intellectual-experimental LANGUAGE-poetry nexus on the other, while welcoming every conceivable style in between. 

In celebration of this stylistic diversity, we'll host four extraordinary poets -- Sebastian Agudelo, Nzadi Keita, Brian Teare, and Yolanda Wisher -- on Saturday November 18 from 1 to 5 in the Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room.

Schedule: 1:00 Welcome

1:15 Sebastian Agudelo is the author of three books of poetry, The Bosses, Each Chartered Street, and To The Bone, which was selected by Mark Doty as the winner of the 2008 Saturnalia Book Prize. Sebastian Agudelo was born in Mexico City, and teaches at the University of the Arts and at Temple University.

2:00 Nzadi Keita is the author of Brief Evidence of Heaven – poems exploring the life of Anna Murray Douglass, wife of Frederick Douglass – and Birthmarks. Anthologies containing her work include Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry in the 21st Century, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, and Confirmation: An Anthology of African-American Women. Nzadi Keita teaches at Ursinus College, and received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2017.

2:45 Brian Teare is the author of five books of poetry – The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda-Award-winning Pleasure, Kingsley Tufts finalist Companion Grasses, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. He teaches at Temple University, where he also makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Brian Teare received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2015.

3:30 Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro, and co-edited the anthology Peace is a Haiku Song with mentor and first Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez. She is currently the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at Penn. Yolanda Wisher is the 2016-17 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, and received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2015.

4:15 Panel discussion among the four poets.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College  (View Map)
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg, Scheuer Room
Contact Information:
Name: Nathalie Anderson
Phone: 8141
Email: nanders1@swarthmore.edu
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