Wild Seeds Writers Retreat
Presents an Evening with
Patricia Spears Jones and Tony Medina
Friday, July 19, 2019; 7 PM – 9 PM
SUNY Plattsburgh, Angell College Center
[SUNY Plattsburgh, the Angell College Center, in the Alumni Conference Room, 38 Rugar Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901]
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, in collaboration with the English Department at SUNY/Plattsburgh, and the Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color, present an evening with poet Patricia Spears Jones and author Tony Medina.
The reading is free and open to the public.
The Wild Seeds Writers Retreat is supported with funding by the New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, 35th District; New York City Council Member Inez Barron, 42nd District; and the Ford Foundation.
Patricia Spears Jones is an award-wining poet, writer, playwright, cultural critic, and winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. She is the author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015), which was a finalist for the PSA’s William Carlos Williams Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and a featured Pushcart Prize winning poem. She has 10 additional publications: poetry books, chapbooks and featured in anthologies such as Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin; BAX: Best American Experimental Writing, 2016: 2017 Pushcart Prize XLI, Best of Small Presses; Truth to Power: Writers Respond to The Rhetoric of Hate and Fear; and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. Recent publications include The New Yorker, The Killens Review of Arts & Letters, and The Ocean State Review.
Tony Medina is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (DeShawn Days and I and I, Bob Marley) and the In the Margins Book Award (I Am Alfonso Jones and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy), as well as the recipient of The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor Award (Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy) and a Skipping Stones Honor Award (I Am Alfonso Jones). Medina’s poetry memoir My Old Man Was Always On the Lam and his graphic novel I Am Alfonso Jones were finalists for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Excellence in Graphic Literature Award, respectively. The first Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University, Medina earned a BA from Baruch College (CUNY) and an MA and PhD from Binghamton University (SUNY) where he received the Distinguished Dissertation Award, and is the author/editor of 23 books for adults and young readers. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, his most recent books are the police brutality anthology, Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky, and the forthcoming poetry collections My Skin Is a Target Study, Serious Trouble, and Death, with Occasional Smiling.