Poet Regie Gibson to Perform, Give Lecture
National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson will visit SUNY Oneonta from March 3-7 through the college’s faculty-in-residence program. In addition to meeting with a variety of classes and student groups, Gibson will present a reading, give a lecture and lead a discussion. All three events are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, March 4, Gibson will connect Homer’s “Iliad” with contemporary culture in a lecture titled “Homey’s ILLiad: The Iliad as Gangster Rap.” The lecture, hosted by the college’s Ancient Studies Group, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Butternut Valley Room of the Hunt College Union.
On Thursday, March 6, Gibson will lead a conversation in the Beloved Community’s “Beloved Dialogue” Series. Titled “Pandora, Lift That Lid!: The Woman as Gift-Bearer,” the event will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Hays Hall main lounge.
Gibson’s visit will culminate in a poetry performance event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in M-201 of the Fine Arts Center. The reading is the first in the 2014 spring semester Red Dragon Reading Series and will include music by the SUNY Oneonta Jazz Appreciation Society.
A former National Poetry Slam Champion, Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the United States, Cuba and Europe. 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.
The Red Dragon Reading Series event is sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Center for Multicultural Experiences; Office of the President; Hunt College Union; Big-O Poetry Slam; offices of Residence Life, New Student Services and Multicultural Student Affairs; and the Department of English. More information is available from George Hovis at (607) 436-2571 or Ruth Carr at (607) 436-3446.