OGDEN, Utah – Poet, author and activist Amiri Baraka will recite from his collection of poems and prose Feb. 16 at noon in Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater.
A former poet laureate for New Jersey and professor emeritus at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Baraka is the author of more than 40 books of poems, essays, dramas, fiction, memoirs, music history and criticism. His works include “Dutchman and The Slave,” “Funk Lore” and “The Essence of Reparations.” His poem, “Somebody Blew Up America,” written in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has evoked passionate responses.
The event will also feature WSU English students who have been chosen to read their poetry. They will open for Baraka, who will read, give a small lecture and then answer questions from the audience.
“Amiri is known mostly as a writer and poet, which connects him with the English department,” said Amir Jackson, a WSU student who is helping organize the event. “He is also a professor, which connects him with students in education. He is also a positive image for the African-American students on campus, and as an activist he can inspire all students to stand up for what they believe in.”
The event, part of WSU’s Convocation Lecture Series in connection with Black History Month, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by WSU Student Association Arts and Lectures.
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