jan – blair (pdf)
Get your poems ready for our January Slam! Poetry Event.
On Wednesday, January 5th, The Field Library in Peekskill is proud to present returning Field Library Favorite, Blair!
BLAIR is a poet / singer-songwriter / performer and spoken word artist whose work, in the words of Metro Times “focuses on the hope that rises from the ashes of despair.” Blair is a National Poetry Slam Champion (2002 Team Detroit) and Detroit Grand Slam Champion (2003). He’s been named Best Solo Artist by Real Detroit Weekly Readers’ Poll and has been written about in periodicals around the country and overseas including Performing Songwriter Magazine, Hour Detroit Magazine and The Bay Area Times.
BLAIR‘s poetry has been published in a myriad of journals and newspapers around the country including Alabama State University’s Punch and in Black Renaissance Noire (NYU Press). In 2005 he was the featured artist on the HBO Def Poetry Jam website. In 2004, Blair was an artist in residence with Inside Out Literary Arts Project, an organization that brings poets, writers and artists into Detroit Public Schools. As both a performer and a writer Blair toured to KwaZulu Natal in South Africa with the experimental theater piece, The Walking Project. The Project put together by Walk & Squawk Theater Co. was a multi-media project centered around the politics, purpose and occupation of the simple act of walking.
BLAIR and/or his band Urban Folk Collective has shared bills with Stevie Wonder, Academy Award winner Michael Moore, Mike Doughty, Bitch and Animal (Righteous Babe Records), The Butchies, Wilco, Evelyn Harris (Sweet Honey in the Rock), Richie Havens, Cat Power and more…
Blair will hold a series of workshops and performances at Peekskill’s Middle and High schools with a culminating public performance and open mike, for all ages at 3:30 p.m. in the Field Library. Refreshments and will be served.
Blair is visiting Westchester at the invitation of Eric “ZORK” Alan, the host of Poetry Slams at the White Plains Public Library and the Yonkers Public Library.
One and all are welcome to attend and PARTICIPATE, and refreshments will be served.
The Field Library is wheelchair-accessible, and is located at 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY. For more information, please contact Nancy Lee Lewis, Teen Librarian at 914.737.4390 or NLewis@wlsmail.org.
The Slam! Poetry series is sponsored in part by The Joan Goldstein Education Foundation and by Entergy.