Local poet Max Wheat to present at D.C. Poetry Festival

March 10, 2008 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr. is a favorite performer at the PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse. Max is the Nassau County Poet Laureate.

Max Wheat will be part of a panel, which also includes Lucille Clifton. The topic for discussion will be the value of having poet laureates.

The event is the “Split This Rock” Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. being held March 20th to 23rd 2008.

From the Split This Rock web-site:

Why a festival of poems of provocation and witness, and why now?

Poets have long played a central role in movements for social change. Today, at a critical juncture in our country’s history, poetry that gives voice to the voiceless, names the unnamable, and speaks directly from the individual and collective conscience is more important than ever. The festival will explore and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through language, imagining a better world.As we head into the fifth year of war in Iraq, our country faces a crisis of imagination. Most Americans agree that we need dramatic change: to end the war, reorder our national priorities to meet human needs, save our planet. How we address these challenges is a question not just for policy makers and strategists. It is a question for all of us. We believe that poets have a unique role to play in social movements as innovators, visionaries, truth tellers, and restorers of language.

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