Friday, April 13, 2012
Evie Shockely brought her poetry to Penn State University last night, reading works from her recent book The New Black along with work in manuscript -- Including a poem from the book to which she has added a new stanza in response to the Trayvon Martin case. There was an enthusiastic audience, books in hand for the occasion. Afterwards we repaired to the home spread for pizza and conviviality.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I was there for the second installment of our series of Gil Scott-Heron panels. Next up, the Langston Hughes Center at Queens Library in New York.
The conference opened and closed for me with Jerry Ward. After dinner over at the Gladys Knight restaurant we returned to the hotel and found Jerry at the bar with Howard and Kenton Rambsy, Candice Love Jackson and others. Once the conference was over, Jerry and I dined at a Chinese place across from the hotel, having made our way past prom-going teens in tuxes and gowns, who contrasted interestingly with the large group of teens at the hotel for a girl's volleyball tournament.