Poetry Pickin’s

Great poets from all eras will come to life with special emphasis on the poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Poets  including James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, and Paul Laurence Dunbar will be revisited through readings and recitals that show the history of the time and bring to life poetry of old while comparing the messages and the methods with those of the Rap and Spoken Word artists of today. These interchanges with the audience on selected writings and poetry will lead to guided discussions on how contemporary poets/spoken word artists reflect real life situations, and how they are similar to poets and writers of the past. Minter will compare how each group of artists faced the same criticisms and critiques, and yet became famous and time honored.

Microphone, digital projection system, DVD player, writeable board, lectern (optional)