4/24/18 A Study in Verse – Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”

A Study in Verse is a series of lectures by poets focusing on a single poem each session. They interpret its meaning, its devices and context, and what the poem may have to say to audiences now. A brief Q&A follows the lecture.

April 10 – Geoff Anderson on Gregory Pardlo’s “Problema 4”
(Parsons Library / 1113 Parsons Avenue)

April 24 – Steve Abbott on Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

May 8 – Dr. Sidney Jones, Jr. on Langston Hughes’ “I, Too”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

All lectures are from 7:00 – 8:00 in various locations. 
Admission: Free


3/19/18 – Quarter Given – New Poems: Hanif Abdurraqib

Quarter Given: New Poetry is a truly exclusive poetry reading experience that features all-new work by a notable poet in an intimate setting, in which only 25 audience members are given access. Some of the work may be soon published or experimental, and almost all of it will be work you haven’t accessed in any form. A brief Q&A follows each reading. This miniseries happens over two dates, both taking place at Art of Republic in Columbus, Ohio.

March 19 – Hanif Abdurraqib – SOLD OUT
April 2 – Maggie Smith – Tickets on sale soon

All shows run from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Admission: $13 / ADVANCE SALES ONLY (Watch here for ticket info)
Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43201

3/14/18 The New Black Eastside Songbook

Streetlight Guild presents “The New Black Eastside Songbook,” a six-song suite conceptualized by Columbus writer Scott Woods featuring new music composed by The Ogun Meji Duo, Counterfeit Madison, Krate Digga, Paisha Thomas and Jordan Sandidge.

“The New Black Eastside Songbook” is an exploration of black life and culture in Columbus historically and now, touching on subjects ranging from local jazz legends and privilege to the police and gentrification. It interrogates the definition of Columbus culture, and what relationship such culture might have to the people who both create and partake of it. Utilizing some of Columbus’ brightest musical talent across a variety of styles and backgrounds, this work seeks to establish a bar for the marriage of political context and musical examination, adding new bricks to the foundation of whatever Columbus culture may entail.

1. Welcome to Bronzeville
2. Blight Privilege
3. Rahsaan Rollin’ In The Dirt
4. Olde Town Beast
5. Things To Do In Black Columbus
6. Bulldozing The Ave

Funded by the Johnstone Fund for New Music, this performance is part of the “New Music at Short North Stage” free concert series. Cocktails will be available for purchase an hour before the concert at Ethel’s Lounge, adjacent to the theater. Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Recommended for guests age nine and older. Parking is available at a lot just south of the theater and at nearby meters. Free street parking is available after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays on the south side of Fifth Avenue west of High Street around the corner from the theater.

Scott Woods was the creator of the 2017 award-winning arts series “Holler: 31 Days of Columbus Black Art.” He is the author of “Urban Contemporary History Month,” “We Over Here Now” and “Prince and Little Weird Black Boy Gods.” He has been featured multiple times in national press, including multiple appearances on National Public Radio. He was the president of Poetry Slam, Inc. and is the co-founder of the Writers’ Block Poetry Night. In April of 2006 he became the first poet to ever complete a 24-hour solo poetry reading, a feat he bested seven more times without repeating a single poem.

Scott was a recipient of the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for his work “Holler” at the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s 2017 Community Arts Partnership Awards.

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