WHAT LANGSTON HEARD:
Seacoast Poets Read and Respond to the Work of Harlem Renaissance Poets
In recognition of National Poetry Month, April 2014, the Seacoast African American Cultural Center [SAACC] will sponsor an evening devoted to lesser known poets of the Harlem Renaissance. The event will be held on April 24, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME.
The celebration creates an imaginary dialogue between our age and that of the poets’ time. Each of a dozen participating poets will introduce a Renaissance era poet, read one of their poems and, afterwards, read an original poem in response.
Kelvin Edwards, SAACC Vice President said, “We wanted to create a broader, deeper representation of some of the lesser known poets and their work.”
He continued: “So we imagined a poetry reading attended by Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson and Claude McKay, the poets whose names are synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance. What other poets did they hear? What were the issues closest to those poets’ hearts? What do those issues mean to us, today?”
8th Portsmouth Poet Laureate, John-Michael Albert, added “When I proposed this idea to poets active in the New Hampshire poetry community, I was amazed by the enthusiastic response. A dozen poets of different styles and voices were eager to participate. To me, this is already an exciting evening, and it hasn’t even happened yet!”
Contributing poets include former Portsmouth Poet Laureates, and well known and respected poets within the New Hampshire poetry community.
The event will be hosted by John-Michael Albert, poetry community activist. Additional information is available on Albert’s website: http://www.johnmichaelalbert.com. The general public is invited; parking is available and refreshments will be served.