15TH NATIONAL BLACK WRITERS CONFERENCE
NBWC 9th BIENNIAL POETRY CAFÉ
NEW DATE! Thursday, November 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Dweck Cultural Center at Central Brooklyn Public Library
Curated by WENDY ROBINSON and TAI ALLEN. Host: HERMINA MARCELLIN (Adjunct Professor, Medgar Evers College)
Free and open to the public.
Hermina Marcellin is a St. Lucian poet, writer, actress, educator and mother. Her poems, “It is Written for Derek Walcott,” and “Phoenix Rising,” are published in Wadabagei; The Journal for Scholars, Students community Leaders and Sustainable Developers. (http://wadabagei.org/creativewritings.html) Hermina is currently employed at Medgar Evers College as an English Professor and the Radio Host of Caribbean Focus which airs every Sunday at 6:30 pm on Mec Radio WYNYE-91.5 FM and WMEC.com.
Caridad De La Luz aka La Bruja, is a multi-faceted performer as a singer, actor, MC, poet and writer, named in the “Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know” (La Respuesta), and is a “Bronx Living Legend” with a Citation of Merit from the Bronx Borough President and The Edgar Allan Poe Award from The Bronx Historical Society. Her creative practice includes creating several original musical theater productions, two complete albums (“Brujalicious” and “For Witch It Stands”), and a book of original poems, The Poetician. She hosts Monday Night Open Mics and curates a monthly series called BEATNIX.
2019 YOUTH POET LAUREATE
Camryn Bruno is a 19 year-old Queens born spoken word poet and is the 2019 Youth Poet Laureate for New York City. She was the winner of The 2017 Trinidad and Tobago First Citizens National Poetry Slam and the 2017 Ms. Tobago Heritage Personality Queen. With many other titles under her belt, she is internationally recognized, has performed at the MET Museum, Apollo Theater’s Women of the World Festival, and is a two-time participant of the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival.
A. Dennis (or Many Attitudes of Dennis) is a spoken word poet with a journalism degree, who has been described as “a tour de force of nature.” He uses his writing and voice to provide awareness, encouragement and enlightened entertainment. M. A.’s was the 2019 Life*vest* poetry slam champion. He was a featured poet at the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Audre Lorde reading and has overcome suicidal depression caused by homelessness.
Chevon Guthrie is a spoken word poet currently attending St. John’s University. His work stems from lifelong loves of discourse and Hip Hop. His initial taste for performing came as a member of St. John University’s first ever College Union Poetry Slam Team in 2018. He’s since performed, competed and won awards across the east coast at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bric House Brooklyn, Green Earth Poets Cafe & more.
Kirk Hill Jr. is a writer, singer, and actor from Harlem, NY. Having shown creative interest from an early age, Hill sought to educate himself in the arts, eventually attending North Carolina A&T State University and graduating with a BFA in Theatre. Hill has a blog and podcast, The Hill Revue.
John Gavin White is a poet, essayist and educator. With dual degrees in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies, White’s research is centered in “the poetic of black male self-recovery in the U.S.” White has been featured several times on the world famous Apollo amateur night and has performed or lectured at a number of universities which include the University of Minnesota, Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland and the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal in South Africa.
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