Centre to host Affrilachian poetry celebration

As part of the Creative Common series, Centre College will host an Affrilachian Poetry Celebration & Workshop featuring Danni Quintos, Bernard Clay and Dorian Hairston. The trio will present an evening of poetry on the theme of “Identity and Place,” on Monday, March 26, from 8-10 p.m. in Vahlkamp Theater in Crounse Hall.

Danville native and former Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker created the term “Affrilachia,” which refers to the region of Appalachia and embraces a multicultural influence and defies the stereotypes of a racially homogenous area.

During the event, Affrilachian poets Quintos, Clay and Hairston will present an exhibition of their poetry. Each poet will read from a body of work and engage questions from the audience, while also discussing process and form.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Quintos received her MFA in poetry from Indiana University, where she taught creative writing and served as an associate poetry editor for Indiana Review. Her poems have appeared in Day One, pluck!, Anthropoid, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Best New Poets, among several other publications. She is also the author of “PYTHON” (Argus House, 2007). Quintos is currently the chapbook series editor for Rabbit Catastrophe Press.

Clay recently received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Kentucky and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective. His work has been published in various journals and anthologies. He currently resides in Kentucky.

Hairston is a poet, scholar and former college athlete from Lexington. As an Affilachian poet, his work has appeared in Anthology of Appalachian Writers and “Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets.” Hairston is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

In addition to the poets sharing their work, there will be a Q & A session, as well as a “Craft Talk” and small group session that is reserved for 25 participants. Register for the hands-on poetry sessions here. Participants will work directly with the poets and will receive a free anthology of poetry titled “Black Bone.”

On Monday, April 2, there will be an exhibition of poetry by the 25 campus community participants from the hands-on session with the Affrilachian poets.

Affrilachian Poetry Celebration & Workshop
Monday, March 26 from 8-10 p.m.
Vahlkamp Theater in Crounse Hall

by Centre College News
March 16, 2018

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