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Release Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:10 PM
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Howard University Launches Brown-Clifton-Baraka Poetry Series


WASHINGTON (April 2, 2014) -- Howard University’s Department of English is celebrating National Poetry Month and commemorating legendary poets Sterling Allen Brown, Lucille Clifton and Amiri Baraka by launching the Brown-Clifton-Baraka Poetry Series.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Fine Arts are co-sponsors of the series.  Readings will be held 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. each Thursday, April 3 – April 24, in the Art Gallery of Childers Hall. A reception and book signing will follow each reading. All readings are free and open to the public.  The series is supported by a generous donation from Dr. Reed V. and Margie Malone Tuckson.

“Poetry is a window in the ability of words to help us know ourselves, to imagine ourselves differently and to connect to a broad community,” said Dana Williams, Ph.D., professor of African-American Literature and chair of the Department of English at Howard. “Poets come to Howard University because we provide a platform and audience that is unique.”

Featuring some of the most dynamic voices in contemporary poetry, the series includes:

April 3, 2014: Laini Mataka and Kenneth Carroll

April 10, 2014: Mariah Ekere Tallie, Bonafide Rojas, and Rich Villar

April 17, 2014: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Frank X Walker

April 24, 2014: Metta Sáma and Reginald Harris

The series highlights intersecting generations and aesthetics and invokes the spirit of Lucille Clifton, who beckons us all to…

come celebrate

with me that everyday

something has tried to kill me

and has failed.

(Excerpt from "won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille   Clifton)

In emphasis of the inclusivity of celebration, a different Howard student will represent the youth generation at each reading, showcasing his or her original work.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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