March 30, 2018
Intergenerational Poetry Event with Leonard Slade & D. Colin, March 23
Originally, poet Patricia Smith had been scheduled to read this night in the NYS Writers Institute Visiting Writers Series, but she had to cancel. The reading was paired with a screening of the documentary film Louder Than A Bomb, as part of the University at Albany’s 16th Annual English Graduate Student Organization Conference. I had interviewed Patricia Smith for the cable TV series The Poetry Motel in 1998 after she read in Poets in the Park. Years later, at a Poetry Therapy Conference in Boston, Charlie Rossiter & I hung out with Ms. Smith & the poet Quincy Troupe, who had also once performed in Albany at the QE2.
Tonight’s readers were the local poets/scholars Leonard Slade & D. Colin (both of whom also have read at Poets in the Park in Albany, Slade in 1993 & Colin in 2011). & Danielle is a student of Prof. Slade in the graduate program.
We are blessed to have so many interesting, thoughtful & powerful poets in this area & these are 2 examples of the best.
For more information about the programing (most of it free) by the NYS Writers Institute, visit their website, www.nyswritersinstitute.org.