Celebrate National Poetry Month with spoken word

Celebrate National Poetry Month with spoken word

William Evans is a writer, instructor and performer from Columbus.


Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Tuscarawas County Public Library System as they feature two nationally recognized poets, William Evans and Barbara Fant. Speaking of Poetry will feature Evans and Fant at the Main Library on Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m.

“This unforgettable poetry slam or spoken word performance will be the first installment of our 2019 Visiting Author Series,” assistant director Andrea Legg said. “This spoken word performance will be more than just your typical poetry reading.”

Legg explained that spoken word refers to performance art that is word-based and focuses on the aesthetics of wordplay such as intonation and voice inflection.

“We are excited to see these talented artists perform their incredibly powerful and beautifully vulnerable poems live in Tuscarawas County,” Legg said.

Evans is a writer, instructor and performer from Columbus. His work can be seen online in Radius Poetry, The Legendary, Joint Literary Magazine and other publications. His latest collection of poetry, “Still Can’t Do My Daughter’s Hair,” was published by Button Poetry in 2017. His performance of “My Wife Is Shaped Like” has been viewed on Facebook more than 5 million times.

Fant, originally from Youngstown, is a minister, poet and artist facilitator. She has been on three National Poetry Slam teams from Columbus and has represented the city in four Individual National and World Poetry Slam competitions. Her first poetry collection, “Paint, Inside Out,” was released in April 2010 from Penmanship Books of New York City when she was awarded The Cora Craig Award for Young Women Authors.

In addition to seeing these two poets share their works, the library will have a portion of the event set aside for poets in the audience to share their own original poems.

“If you’ve written poetry that you’d like to share with a supportive audience, please bring your work to share with us once Evans and Fant have performed their pieces,” Legg said.

Seating is limited, and registration is required for this event. For more information call 330-364-4474 ext. 101 or register online at www.tusclibrary.org.

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