Friday, March 23, 2018


March 23 (Friday)
Film Screening 8:00 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
[Note later than normal screen time]

Directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel (United States, 2010, 99 minutes, color)
This award-winning documentary tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam. "Packs a greater emotional punch than any film in current release" (Boston Herald).

Friday, March 23, beginning at 6PM in Page Hall - an inter-generational poetry event with two local poets...

Both events are cosponsored by UAlbany’s English Graduate Student Organization, English Department, Graduate Student Association, and the NYS Writers Institute.

Leonard A. Slade, Jr. award-winning poet and UAlbany Africana Studies professor, and D. Colin, poet and UAlbany graduate student
March 23 (Friday)
Presentation/Q&A — 6:00 p.m.,
HUSTED AMPHITHEATRE, 135 Western Avenue, UAlbany Downtown Campus
Leonard A. Slade Jr. will present his new collection of poems, I, Too, Am America, just published last week—March 15, 2008. The book is a personal meditation on Black history and the many people, both well-known and unknown, who have helped to create this nation. In advance praise, major American poet Nikki Giovanni called it, “Clever! A well-executed book of poems.” Slade is Professor of Africana Studies, Adjunct Professor of English, Collins Fellow, and Citizen Academic Laureate at the University at Albany (SUNY). He is the Past Director of the Humanistic Studies Doctoral Program and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. The author of twenty-four books, including nineteen books of poetry, he is the recipient of The Poetry Gold Medal of Excellence and The Editor’s Choice Award from Poetryfest in Oregon; and the Poet of the Year Award from The Institute for Advanced Poetic Studies. In 2016, the Southern Conference of African American Studies, publishers of the journal, The Griot, named its national poetry prize in his honor.

D. Colin is a writer, performer, visual artist and educator living in Troy, NY. She is currently completing her thesis for a Masters in English from University at Albany. She the author of Dreaming in Kreyol, a collection of poems and prose paying homage to her Haitian heritage and history. She is currently working on her second collection, Window Seat & Chalklines to be released Spring 2018. She has been a featured poet performing at venues throughout the country in over ten states including the renowned Nuyorican Poet’s CafĂ©, Boston’s Museum of Fine Art and internationally in Toronto, Glasgow and London. In 2012, she competed at the National Poetry Slam with the first poetry slam team from Albany, NY, the Nitty Gritty Slam team. In 2016 and 2017, she won a spot to compete at the Women of the World Poetry Slam (Brooklyn and Dallas) and is currently ranked 35 out of 96 women from around the country and internationally.  She also competed with the Nitty Gritty Slam Team at the QEW Slam in Toronto in 2016 winning 3rd place and in Buffalo in 2017 winning 1st place.


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