Poet Regie Gibson to Perform Feb. 6
The Red Dragon Reading Series at SUNY Oneonta will kick off its 2012-2013 spring series on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with a reading by performance poet Regie Gibson, accompanied by musicians from the SUNY Oneonta Jazz Orchestra.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the large rehearsal hall, Room M201, at the Fine Arts Center on campus. The performance will be followed by a reception.
A former National Poetry Slam Champion, Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the United States, Cuba and Europe, most recently at Teatro Binario 7 in Milan, Italy. In 2008, as a representative of the United States, Gibson competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in “love jones,” a feature film based on events in his life, and he has been featured on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and various National Public Radio programs.
The recipient of the Walker Scholarship for poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and a YMCA Writer’s fellowship, Gibson has published work in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine and The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, “Storms Beneath the Skin,” received the Golden Pen Award. In 2010, Gibson received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Poetry and the 2010-11 Lexington Education Foundation Program Grant. He performs regularly with his literary music ensemble, Neon JuJu.
During his visit to SUNY Oneonta, Gibson will conduct a workshop with students in the college’s Poetry Slam program, facilitated by Hunt College Union Director Robb Thibault. Gibson will also be rehearsing with student musicians in the SUNY Oneonta Jazz Orchestra, a group conducted and coached by Music Department lecturer Arthur Falbush.
This event is sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Office of the President, Committee for Special Events, departments of English and Music, Big-O Poetry Slam, Hunt College Union, Center for Multicultural Experiences and the Damascene Book Cellar at Red Dragon Outfitters.
More information is available from George Hovis at (607) 436-2571 or Ruth Carr at (607) 436-3446.