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Albany State University to host 7th annual Poetry Festival

ALBANY — Students, faculty, staff and the Albany community will celebrate the artistic essence of the written and spoken word at the Albany State University 7th annual Poetry Festival today through Tuesday.

The three-day event will include spoken word performances, poetry workshops and world-renowned poets. This year’s poetry festival features award-winning authors Amiri Baraka, Pearl Cleage and Thomas Sayers Ellis. Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, poetry editor of the literary magazine African Voices, will also be featured.

The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. today with an Open Mic event for students, faculty, staff, local poets and spoken word artists, in the Student Center ballroom.

Monday and Tuesday are filled with guest performances, open discussions, empowerment forums, poetry readings, and spoken word performances. The poetry fest will also include a tribute to Lucille Clifton, a prolific and widely respected poet, whose work depicted endurance and strength through adversity, particularly in the black community.

For more information, contact the ASU Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.