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Bunker Hill Community College Celebrates “National Poetry Month” April 1-30, 2019

April 1-30, 2019

Poetry’s Diverse Voices

Explore this special display of published poets’ work from the College collection that celebrates a wide range of style, theme and language.

Curated by BHCC Librarians Lena Gluck and Kelsy Martinez

Library and Learning Commons, Third Floor, E-Building
Charlestown Campus

Tuesday, April 2

Against Forgetting
A National Poetry Month Reading and Conversation with Askia Touré and Enzo Silon Surin

Join award-winning poet and BHCC Professor Enzo Silon Surin in a reading and conversation with Master Griot poet and co-founder of the Black Arts Movement Askia Touré. The two poets will discuss the Black Arts Movement’s cross-cultural and cross-generational influence and the future of art as a sustainable activism tool in the quest for social justice.

1 p.m., A300 Auditorium
Charlestown Campus

Thursday, April 11

An Afternoon of Words and Melody—Connect with renowned Poet, Translator and Educator Rhina Espaillat, along with Lyricist and Poet Alfred Nicol and Master Musicians John Tavano, Roger Kimball and Kate Sullivan, for a captivating performance of traditional and contemporary melopoeia, exploring the artistic and literary history of spoken word and melody across centuries and civilizations.

1 p.m., C202
Charlestown Campus

Tuesday, April 16

Grief Gone Global
A Community Exploration of the Healing Power of Poetry, Art and Music

Join BHCC Distinguished Artist Scholar in Residence Dr. Robin Chandler and award-winning author, poet and cultural educator Larry Spotted Crow Mann, and others, for a series of workshops and a special performance that will examine various forms of sorrow, anguish and distress, while embracing creative means of understanding, expressing and managing grief that is both personal and global in nature.

Workshop I

The Gift of Poetry

Find strength, meaning and beauty in this interactive workshop that uses multiple poetic forms of writing and personal expression to explore individual and global expressions of grief.

With Dr. Robin Chandler and Larry Spotted Crow Mann

11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Mary L. Fifield Gallery
Charlestown Campus

“To Find a Place Where She Can Be”

A Reading and Discussion with BHCC Alumna and Children’s Book Author Romula Savino

Connect with BHCC alumna Romula Savino for a very special reading and exhibition of original fine art illustrations from her moving book A Place to Be, which she conceived and created while a student at the College.

With remarks by Kathleen O’Neill, Director, Single Stop Program

6 p.m., Library and Learning Commons
Charlestown Campus

Wednesday, April 17

Poetry Café

Come explore the fusion of jazz and poetry with Professor Tim McLaughlin, the BHCC Jazz Ensemble and guest musicians, Adjunct Professor Jean-Dany Joachim and other Boston Poets.

4-6 p.m., D Lounge
Charlestown Campus

Thursday, April 18

“Breaking Silence”

A Spoken Word Special Event with Cambodian-American, Award-winning Poet Princess Moon

Be inspired by poet, teaching artist and community organizer Princess Moon as she shares selections from her recent collection, The Genocide’s Love Baby Learns to Sing and other poems.

With remarks by Professor Aurora Bautista

6 p.m., Library and Learning Commons
Charlestown Campus

Wednesday, April 24

BHCC Annual Poetry Marathon

Enjoy readings from local poets and BHCC faculty, staff and student authors, or bring something of your own to read! Come celebrate the power and ability of words to inspire, impress and transform.

Moderated by Jean-Dany Joachim and featuring Boston-area poets and members of the BHCC Community

10 a.m. – 6 p.m., D Lounge
Charlestown Campus

Tuesday, April 30

Grief Gone Global
A Community Exploration of the Healing Power of Poetry, Art and Music

Join BHCC Distinguished Artist Scholar in Residence Dr. Robin Chandler and award-winning author, poet and cultural educator Larry Spotted Crow Mann, and others, for a series of workshops and a special performance that will examine various forms of sorrow, anguish and distress, while embracing creative means of understanding, expressing and managing grief that is both personal and global in nature.

Workshop II 

The Gift of Poetry and Music

Explore personal expression through written poetry and spoken word and discover how various forms of music making can expand personal creativity and spiritual awareness.

With Dr. Robin Chandler and Larry Spotted Crow Mann

11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., A300 Auditorium
Charlestown Campus

Community Performance

Mourning and the Last Night Council Fire of the We

Participate in this culturally diverse gathering featuring spoken word works by Dr. Robin Chandler, Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Princess Moon, Jean-Dany Joachim and other published poets as well as members of the BHCC Community.

Featuring global drumming by Jean Appolon Expressions and others

Engage in issues creatively and spiritually with the healing power of poetry, music and art.

6 p.m., A300 Auditorium

With Community Reception to follow