Patricia Smith Headlines UNH Black New England Conference
June 11, 2008
Patricia Smith, nationally known slam-poet, novelist, biographer, and children’s
book author, will present the keynote address at the UNH Center for New England
Culture Black New England Conference, “Black New England Stories: Literature,
Art, and Oratory.”
The two-day conference begins Friday, June 13, and will be held in the MUB
and Holloway Commons. This year's conference will focus broadly on forms of
black expression and black creativity in New England. Through the stories of
well known as well as little known authors and artists, presenters will explore
how literature, art or oratory was and is used by blacks to discuss issues
of the day.
In “Resurrecting Necessary Breath,” Smith will explore the unyielding
spiritual linkage of ancestry and family in a presentation that mixes memoir,
poetry, and the history connecting us all. It will include original images
of 19th century black New Englanders from her extensive private collection.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in MUB Theater I. A reception will follow.
The event is free and open to the public.
Smith is a four-time national individual champion of the National Poetry Slam
and has appeared on the award-winning HBO series "Def Poetry Jam." In
October 2006, she was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame
for Writers of African Descent. She is currently writing a young adult novel, “The
Journey of Willie J.” and “Fixed on a Furious Star,” a biography
of Harriet Tubman. Her works include “Teahouse of the Almighty” (Coffee
House Press), “Close to Death” (Zoland Books), “Big Towns,
Big Talk” (Z land), “Life According to Motown” (Tia Chucha),
and “Africans in America” (Harcourt Brace), a companion volume
to the groundbreaking four-part PBS history series.
The conference features an array of nationally known creative writers, artists,
and scholars who will explore New England’s stories of African American
life from colonial days to the present. There is a $50 registration fee for
conference events other than the keynote address. For a complete list of conference
participants and seminars, visit http://www.unh.edu/users/unh/acad/libarts/cnec/bnec08.html.
For further information and registration, contact JerriAnne Boggis at firstname.lastname@example.org,
David Watters at email@example.com or call 2-0353, or visit www.neculture.org.