Walking With Whitman: Patricia Spears Jones

Friday, April 7 at 6:00pm

WWBA presents the seventh season of its signature series Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance. New for 2017 is a Community Open Mic. After a musical prelude, the main event begins at 8pm with the Featured Poet.

About the Featured Poet

Originally from Arkansas, Patricia Spears Jones is a Brooklyn-based African American poet and author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems from White Pine Press, which is a 2016 Finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America and for the Paterson Poetry Prize and seven other poetry collections and chapbooks. Her works are widely anthologized including Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, Resisting Arrest, Angles of Ascent: The Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and Best American Poetry.

Her plays have been commissioned and produced by Mabou Mines. Her poem “Lave” commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art for the exhibition: Jacob Lawrence: The Migrations Series is now archived and is part of the well-received exhibition catalogue along with poems by Kevin Young, Tyehimba Jess, Rita Dove, et al.

She edited THINK:  Poems for Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Day Hat, was co-editor of Ordinary Women: An Anthology of New York City Women, one of the first multi-racial, multi-ethnic women’s anthologies and is contributing editor to BOMB Magazine.

She is a senior fellow at Black Earth Institute for which she edited an issue of about place, the organization’s online journal and the poem-a-day project, 30 Days Hath September. This year she was named a Pushcart Prize winner  and is a recipient of awards from the Barbara Deming Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Art and the New York Community Trust and grants from the NEA and NYFA. She has moderated or served as a panelist in in AWP conferences.  She curated WORDS SUNDAY, a literary and performance salon and served as Program Coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, the first Black person to do so.  She has joined the poetry staff at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the faculty of Bloomfield College MFA in Creative Arts and Technology and will lead a workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center and is a lecturer at CUNY.

Program Schedule

5:30pm  Sign up for Community Open (Online pre-registration recommended. Walk-ins are welcome)

6:00pm   Open Mic performances begin

7:30pm   Musical  prelude w/ the Tommy Santoriello Trio

8:00pm   Poetry Reading, Q&A, Book Signing


Program Admission

$10  Members
$15  Non-Members

Special series pricing for all 6 programs (March, April, May, Oct, Nov. Dec.)
$40 Members (6 programs) $20 savings
$75 Non-Members (6 programs) $15 savings
For tickets visit www.waltwhitman.org or phone (631) 427-5240 ext. 115

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  • April 7, 2017
  • 6:00 pm
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