Saturday, February 12, 7pm
FREE ADMISSION: Register for the Event HERE!
The first in a series of four events hosted by Spoken Word artist Melanie Lavender. The theme for the February event will be ‘TRUTH and POWER’. This event is part of New College of Florida’s Black History Month Celebration. Local poets are invited to participate in the Open Mic prior to the featured poet performance.
Our featured performer will be Poet Laureate of York, Pennsylvania, multiply published and award winning poet and writer, Carla Christopher. Christopher will be sharing interactive and theatrically inspired new work based on research and personal pilgrimage around the hidden stories of the underground railroad and our ongoing journey towards freedom. Be inspired by Carla’s combined spoken word, performance poetry, and historical storytelling as she escorts us on a journey in the griot tradition.
Doors open at 7pm. DJ Rozay will be on hand to set the mood. Open Mic at 8pm. Featured performer at 9pm.
Food will be available from C & D’s Sandwich Shop.
FREE WRITING WORKSHOP w/ Carla Christopher – Saturday, February 12, 12-2pm at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library Room 113 at Ringling College of Art and Design, N.E. Corner of Old Bradenton Rd. &, Dr Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota, FL 34234. Storytelling for Transformation: Poetry, Spoken Word, and Memoir from the Griot Tradition. In this generative workshop, award winning and international performing artist, Carla Christopher, will guide participants through the core traditions of creative storytelling as cultural preservation, communal spirituality, and soul healing. Participants will practice multiple techniques for effective writing, editing, and performance. We will gather ideas and write together, departing with at least two in-progress (or even completed) pieces. Register here: https://storytellingfortransformation.eventbrite.com
Support for this event was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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