Saturday, May 10, 2014

Celebrate Poetry in Daytona Beach

May 27th... Come Celebrate

7 p.m., Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Avenue,
City Island, Daytona Beach, Fl.

The five monthly performances of the Daytona Beach Poetry Series are complete. Mayor Derrick Henry was an absolute champion of poetry and the arts, helping us throughout with the presentations. We had devoted audiences. The workshops were enlightening.
The Atlantic Center for the Arts will share their poet-in-residence with us for one last, bonus performance by nationally celebrated poet Patricia Smith.

Come celebrate a marvelous season of poetry with this exciting conclusion to the Creative Happiness Institute and Tomoka Poets poetry series.
Show your love of the art of poetry. Come see performance poetry at the top of the form. Learn more about the state of poetry in a lively question and answer session after the performance.
Oh, and by the way—this valuable performance is free! But books will be for sale and donations are welcome.  

Go to YouTube for a preview of the performance:

A younger, famous Patricia Smith:
Patricia Smith as part of the renowned film Slamnation:
A more mature but equally powerful Patricia Smith:

Here’s Patricia Smith’s bio:

Born on June 25, 1955, Patricia Smith is a poet, teacher, performance artist and author. She is the author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, given for the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States each year, as well as Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press, 2008), which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award; Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press, 2006), a 2005 National Poetry Series selection; Close to Death (Zoland Books, 1993); Big Towns, Big Talk (Zoland Books, 1992), which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award; and Life According to Motown (Tía Chucha Press, 1991).

Her poems have been published in many anthologies, including American Voices (McGraw-Hill, 2005), The Spoken Word Revolution (2003), and Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Three Rivers Press, 2001.) She is also the coauthor of a history book, Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998), along with a children’s book, Janna and the Kings (Lee & Low Books, 2003). She is currently working on Fixed on a Furious Star, a biography of Harriet Tubman.

She is a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays and Best American Mystery Stories. She has written and performed two one-woman plays, one of which was produced by Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theater Workshop.

She is a Cave Canem faculty member, teaches in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, and is a professor of creative writing at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island. She lives in Howell, New Jersey..

Come see Ms. Smith live and full of the energy of poetry. 

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