Poetry Notes: Poets raising funds for Darfur
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A Pittsburgh poets organization will hold a program of poetry and music to raise funds for relief efforts in Darfur, western Sudan, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Carnegie Mellon University.
Judith Robinson, member of Poets for Humanity, said that a video appeal by Simon Deng, a refugee from the turmoil in his native Sudan, will also be shown. New York Daily News columnist Heather Robinson will introduce the video.
The scheduled poets are Richard St. John, whose work has appeared in the Post-Gazette, Anthony Butts, CMU writing professor, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, a native of Liberia.
UMOJA African Arts Company provides the music.
Tickets are $10. The program will be in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall.
For details and reservations, call 412-681-3018.
Point Park University inaugurates a new poetry reading series Nov. 1 with Christopher Bakken, author of "Goat Funeral." He teaches English at Allegheny College, Meadville.
The reading will be at 4:30 p.m. in the JVH Auditorium, Thayer Hall, Downtown. It's free.
"The Marriage Bed," a poem by Michael Sims, head of Autumn House Press based in Mount Washington, will be read by Garrison Keillor Nov. 1 on his NPR show "The Writers Almanac."
It's a great boost for Sims, but not in his hometown. None of the city's three NPR stations carries the program.
-- Bob Hoover,
Post-Gazette book critic
First Published October 25, 2006 12:00 am