ASU to present poetry festival

ALBANY -- Albany State University will soar to new heights this week with "Ascensions," its 3rd annual poetry festival.

The festival will be held Thursday-Sunday at the college.

Admission is free.

The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Thursday with featured Albany State faculty, staff and students reading favorite poems in the ACAD Auditorium.

The festival will also include a poetry walkabout at 1 p.m. Thursday at the bridge over the college's pedestrian mall and "Eagle Wings," a poetry symposium in room 185 of the Albany State library Thursday.

Friday, the festival continues at 11 a.m. with student-writing workshops led by Kay Byer and Doris Davenport in the L. Orene Hall Building and room 204 of Holley Hall. Participants are required to sign up in advance.

Also Friday, featured festival poet Frank X. Walker will present the lecture, "Historical Poetry: Finding York," at 2 p.m. in room 114 of the school's library, followed by a book signing.

Walker will then present a master poetry writing class at 4 p.m. in the same room.

Friday's final activity will be "Vision Quest III," a workshop led by Walker in the L. Orene Hall building 7 p.m.-9 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing.

The festival continues Saturday at 11 a.m. with Durham, N.C., poet and author Shirlette Ammons leading an Invitational Song Writing Workshop.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bridge House, Ammons, Byer, Davenport and Walker will conduct the poetry reading, "Many Voices," which will be followed by an after party and open-mic poetry reading session at 8 p.m. in the L. Orene Hall building at Albany State.

For more information, call (229) 430-1715 or (229) 430-1383 or e-mail doris.davenport@asurams.edu.