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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: November 1, 1999

Literary Talents Set to Wax Poetic

A coalition of Sacramento's accomplished poets and California State University, Sacramento will host the "Sacramento International Poetry Festival," Friday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 7 in the University Union. The event draws on the Capital Region's multi-cultural literary talents.

The festival, which organizers hope to make an annual event, will feature special guests Saul Williams and Jessica Care Moore from 8 - 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Their presentation is $10 and $5 for CSUS students and are available at the University's Central Ticket Office, 278-4323.

Moore made history by becoming the first poet to appear on the nationally televised "It's Showtime at the Apollo" amateur night and was the only female participant on the 1996 New York Poetry Slam Team.

Williams, quoted as being the "Bob Marley of American poets," in Esquire magazine, has won several awards for his poetry, including the 1996 Grand Slam Championship at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York. He co-wrote and played the lead actor in the 1998 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prizewinner, Slam.

The weekend-long festival will include an open mic session for children, poetry readings, and several workshops, including one focusing on Latina poetry. The Sacramento Hall of Fame Recognition Awards for local poets will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7.

More information is available at the Multi-Cultural Center at 278-6101.

Sacramento International
Poetry Festival Schedule

All festival events are free unless otherwise noted

Friday, Nov. 5

ˇ Latina poetry workshop, 3 p.m., University Union Forest Suite
ˇ Spoken word and music performance, 8 - 11 p.m., University Union Ballroom

Saturday, Nov. 6

ˇ Workshops and panel discussions with McClatchy High School students, local poets, artists and faculty (including new CSUS poet Josh McKinney) covering topics such as publishing and Chicano/Latino Poetry, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., University Union, third floor
ˇ Poets Jessica Care Moore and Saul Williams, 8 p.m., University Union Ballroom, $10/$5 students with I.D., tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323
ˇ Children's program, 1 - 4 p.m., University Union Redwood Room
ˇ Stage production by Melanie Bishop, member of the Sacramento Poetry Center, 3 - 4 p.m., University Union Auditorium
ˇ Spoken word and music performance by the Mario Ellis Hill Poetry Machine, 4 - 5 p.m., University Union Redwood Room
ˇ Open mic 1 p.m. - midnight, University Union Ballroom

Sunday, Nov. 7

ˇ Planning meeting and open forum to discuss next year's festival, 12 - 1 p.m., University Union Orchard Suite
ˇ Open mic, 1 - 5 p.m., University Union Redwood Room
ˇ Sacramento Poets Hall of Fame Recognition Awards, 5 - 6 p.m., University Union Ballroom; honored poets include Ethel Mack-Ballard, Luke Breit, Carol Frith, Be Davidson-Herrera and Jose Montoya


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