05. October 2017 - 19:00 till 21:00
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Voices & Rhythms at Sweetgrass - NAHM Celebration/Fall Kick-off | Colony South Hotel and Conference Center | Thursday, 05. October 2017

Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month at the kick-off of the Fall Series of "Voices & Rhythms at Sweetgrass" from 7-9pm, Thursday, 10/5 with Featured Poets -- Jericho Brown and Gail Danley.

Gail Brown is an educator, author, former National and International Poetry Slam Champion who was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes. Djembe drummer, Doc Powell will also be a featured musician at this poetry series, which will be hosted by Poet in Residence, Sistah Joy.

This free, family-friendly monthly poetry series is open to all ages and includes an Open Mic. Colony South's Sweetgrass Restaurant, which features Low Country Cuisine, is pleased to offer patrons dining during the event a "loyalty discount." Free off-street parking.

Pleased to share this Artist Statement from Gayle Danley:

"I love how slam poetry is tearing down the walls between ordinary people and words. Gone are the days where only the elite get to call themselves 'poets.' Now your grandmother can glance in the mirror and say I'm a poet; the school janitor can say look at this poem I wrote; the preschooler is able to get in on the action proclaiming poetry belongs to me, too. In turn, each of us gets to be audience, witness, choir. How pleased I am to be a part of this human movement toward words, expression, and passion."

Testimonial about Jericho Brown:
“Jericho left almost a week ago and I am still receiving emails from students and faculty about how he has changed their lives. They have fallen in love with poetry all over again. He was affable, intellectual, professional, and powerful. We are so honored to have been graced by his light and the beauty of his words.” —Dr. Kalenda Eaton, Arcadia University

Artist Bios --

GAYLE DANLEY is the National Individual Poetry Slam Champion. She holds a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Howard University and an M.A. in radio, TV, and film from Syracuse University. Gayle performs slam poetry around the country, and has been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes. She is also the author of two books of poetry: Naked: Poems that Uncover My Soul and Soulfull: A Study of Slam Poetry.

JERICHO BROWN is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.