Saturday, October 29, 7:30 pm
and Saint Joseph College
Present Taylor Mali and Lisa Starr
This exciting performance, a benefit event for the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and Hill-Stead's new online journal, THEODATE, will take place at The Hoffman Auditorium in The Bruyette Athenaeum, Carol Autorino Center for the Arts & Humanities, Saint Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford.
Tickets are available through the Saint Joseph College Box Office: call 860.231.5555 or visit sjc.universitytickets.com. Priority tickets are $75 and include a reception after the performance with the poets; general seating is $25; student admission with ID is $15.
TAYLOR MALI is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. A former teacher and advocate of the teaching profession, Taylor's New Teacher Project has a goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through "poetry, persuasion, and perseverance." He is the author of two books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are (Write Bloody Books 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover 2002), and four CDs of spoken word. In 2005, he established the popular Page Meets Stage series in New York City, after which this benefit reading is fashioned. See Taylor Mali in action on YouTube with "Miracle Workers".
LISA STARR is a two-time recipient of the Rhode Island fellowship for poetry and was recently named Poet Laureate for the state of Rhode Island, in which capacity she hopes to develop "an outreach program with workshops in every school, library and senior center in the state." Starr has published three full-length collections of poetry: Mad With Yellow (2009), Days of Dogs and Driftwood (1993), and This Place Here (2001). Starr is the founder and director of the Block Island Poetry Project, a nationally acclaimed writing series.