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An evening of poetry at Paul Smith’s College

November 15, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

PAUL SMITHS - he Adirondack Center for Writing and Paul Smith's College present an evening of poetry. Thursday, November 15th at 7pm Jamaal May, Jeanann Verlee, and Jon Sands, all award-winning performance poets, will perform in Freer Hall on the College campus. This event is free and open to the public.

What is performance poetry? It is poetry. But the performance (reading) of it is just as important as the writing of it so the event is dynamic, exciting, moving, and inspiring. Not bad for a Thursday evening in Paul Smiths, eh? Hundreds of local people come to these readings that the Adirondack Center for Writing presents with Paul Smith's College, come out and see why they keep coming back year after year.

Jamaal May is the author of Hum (Alice James Books 2013), winner of the 2012 Beatrice Hawley Award, as well as two poetry chapbooks (The God Engine, 2009 and The Whetting of Teeth, 2012). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Callaloo, Indiana Review, Blackbird and Verse Daily among other journals, magazines, and anthologies. He has appeared on radio, television, and in documentaries such as "A Poet in Every Classroom" and "Televising a Revolution," jury prize winner at the 2010 Trinity Film Festival.

Remaining active in the poetry slam community, Jamaal May is a three-time Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam Champion, two-time Detroit Slam Champion, and two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, finishing as high as second place. He has coached three Brave New Voices youth slam teams, taught poetry classes through the Inside Out Literary Arts Project, and given readings, lectures and workshops at schools, bars, libraries

Jeanann Verlee's first full-length book of poems, Racing Hummingbirds, earned the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry. Verlee won the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart. She is a poetry editor for Union Station Magazine and the Poets Portrait Project Anthology. Verlee is an author, performance poet, editor, activist and former punk rocker who collects tattoos and wears polka dots. Her work has been published and is forthcoming in a variety of journals, including The New York Quarterly, Rattle, failbetter, kill author, and PANK, among others. Her poems have also been anthologized in publications such as Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women and His Rib: Poems Stories and Essays by Her. Verlee's

Jon Sands' first full collection of poems, The New Clean, was released in 2011 from Write Bloody Publishing. He is Director of Poetry Education at the Positive Health Project (a syringe exchange center in Midtown Manhattan), an adjunct with the City University of New York, as well as a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC. He reads and facilitates workshops extensively, both nationally and internationally. He starred in the 2011 web-series "Verse: A Murder Mystery" from Rattapallax Films, and his work has appeared in The Millions, decomP, kill author, Suss, Muzzle, and others. He is a featured contributor with Union Station Magazine, conducting a regular interview column, and has represented New York City multiple times at the National Poetry Slam. Say yes to

This event is free and open to the public. This event is funded by PSC First Year Seminar.



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