Lucille Clifton to Read Her Poetry at Rowan UniversityMarch 26, 2004
On Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., noted American poet Lucille Clifton will read from her works in the Eynon Ballroom of the Rowan University Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public.
One of a generation of black artists and writers who broke away from Eurocentric models to rediscover and honor African-American oral traditions, Clifton often uses her own family history as a resource. (Her great-great grandmother was a Dahomey woman kidnapped into slavery.) Her poems and children's books consistently challenge stereotypes by bearing witness for the victims of America's failed promises.
She is the author of many popular children?s books and 11 collections of poetry, including her most recent published work Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000. A resident of Columbia, Md., Clifton served as her home state?s poet laureate from 1979-1982 and in 1999 was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She has taught at universities across the country and is currently Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
The Lucille Clifton poetry reading is sponsored by the Rowan University English Department through a gift from Rowan alumnus Robert Norton, Class of 1960. For more information on the event, contact Theresa Craig in the English Department at 856-256-4065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.