Friday, May 6, 2011

Legendary Cleveland poet RA Washington tonight!

Arts in Stark and The Poet's Haven present Canton's First Friday Poetry Spectacular! May 6th's featured poet is RA Washington.

RA Washington is a writer, multi-media artist, and musician living in the historic North Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. He is the author of a dozen books, most recently the novellas Open and HUEbris. Washington was awarded a Wexner Center for the Arts Fellowship in 2001. His paintings, photography, and mixed media installations have been exhibited in numerous galleries and art centers, including ARTbizzarre in Montreal, FACT.CO in London, and as part of SPACES Art Gallery’s Afrofuturism Exhibition in 2006. Washington's free jazz opera, Along the Eastern Shore: A Tribute to Albert Ayler, was premiered as part of the 2006 Cleveland Ingenuity Festival. A member of the performance ensemble Black Poetic, Washington is currently working on a play and film project based on the life of James Baldwin.

This show includes an open-mic, feature performance, and poetry slam. First place in the slam wins $50. Second place wins $30. Third place wins $20. Prize money provided by Arts in Stark.

This is an ALL-AGES/UNMODERATED event, meaning that all-ages are welcome to attend and participate, but parents should be aware that there are no restrictions on language and some performances may contain adult language and content.

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau