Africa in Exile: Poetry Workshops and Poetry Readings by
Niyi Osundare and Syl Cheney-Coker
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The English Department and the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, are presenting an evening of poetry readings on Thursday, October 7, 2010 with acclaimed African poets Niyi Osundare and Syl Cheney-Coker.
Niyi Osundare (from Nigeria) and Syl Cheney-Coker (from Sierra Leone) represent the second generation of modern African writers to emerge after the Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka generations, and are some of Africa's most accomplished poets currently in exile in the US.
This event presents an opportunity for our student poets and their peers from other schools in the metropolitan area to join in a session of recitations that will be headlined by the two invited poets. Students will read some of their own poems before the visiting poets take center stage. Invitations to participate will also be extended to local poets.
The poetry readings will start at 6:30pm and will take place in the auditorium of the Baltimore Museum of Art. A reception will follow. For directions, please check http://www.artbma.org/visit/gettinghere.html.
We encourage students, faculty, and community members to attend this exciting event.
Submitting poems for selection to be read
If you would like to be considered for a chance to read your own poetry at the Thursday evening poetry recitations, please go to the following link to submit your poems: http://english.jhu.edu/events/poetregistration.
Before the Readings...
Special Class Session for Students
10:00–10:50am, Gilman 381
The poets will hold a special class session from 10:00-10:50am on Thursday, October 7, 2010. The class will discuss broad issues relating to contemporary African experience, exile, and the Diaspora, which are not limited to poetry or literature. Registration is required for this class session. Please register at http://english.jhu.edu/events/studentpoetryregistration. Limit of 20
Poetry-writing Workshop for Students
1:30-3:30pm, Dunning 205
There will be a poetry-writing workshop from 1:30-3:30pm on Thursday, October 7, conducted by Niyi Osundare and Syl Cheney-Coker. The workshop, whose purpose is to facilitate a direct classroom dialogue between the poets and students, will focus on the creative process, the peculiar imperatives that affect poetic utterance and drive aesthetic choices in relation to performativity, orality, and writing.
The workshop, to be held on the Homewood Campus, will be open to students from Morgan State and other area institutions. Registration is required for the workshop. Please register for this free workshop at http://english.jhu.edu/events/studentpoetryregistration. Limit of 20.
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