25th Annual African-American Read-In Chain - Penn State Altoona

Penn State Altoona announces African-American Read-In events

The twenty-fifth annual African-American Read-In Chain will be celebrated at

Penn State Altoona February 23 – 24, 2014. This year’s theme, Lift Every Voice, recognizes the

close relationship between the musical and literary arts.

Events begin Sunday, February 23 at 4 p.m. in the Port-Sky Café with a community gathering

featuring music, literature, and food. It is free and open to the public. You are invited to share

a short reading from a work by an African-American author or just listen and enjoy. Advanced

reservations are required. RSVP to cab11@psu.edu or 949-5280 by February 7.

The Read-In Chain continues Monday, February 24 with “Monday Marathon,” an Open Mic

Read-In in the Slep Student Center. From 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., various dance, theatre, and musical

performances will take place to celebrate African-American authors and artists. Special sessions

on black women writers, African American spirituals, and a tribute to the late poet and playwrite

Amiri Baraka will be held. From noon – 1 p.m. the keynote presentation “Jazz, Hip Hop, and

Poetry,” by Ronnie Burrage will take place. At 5:30 p.m., Yona Harvey, featured author of the

2014 African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona will give a reading of her works.

Harvey is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water (Four Way Books 2013). Her

poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and

anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your

Poetry. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The

Pittsburgh Foundation. Harvey teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

A book signing will immediately follow the presentation, where the Harvey’s book will be

available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Penn State

Altoona English Program’s Writers & Speakers Series.

If you’d like to sign up to read or have questions about the Monday Marathon, contact Robin

Reese at rlr28@psu.edu.

The 2013 African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona events are sponsored by Dr. Lori

J. Bechtel-Wherry, chancellor and dean, The Letters Arts and Sciences Program, The Office of

Institutional Equity and Diversity and International Student Services, The Division of Arts and

Humanities, The Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences, The Altoona

College Honors Program, and the Blair County NAACP.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 4:00pm to Monday, February 24, 2014 - 6:00pm