On the Beach at Sunset: "Historical Activism in Song and Print"

October 4, 2019
October 4, 2019
Hermitage Artist Retreat
6660 Manasota Key Rd.
Englewood, FL 34223
On the Beach at Sunset: “Historical Activism in Song and Print”
On the Beach at Sunset: “Historical Activism in Song and Print”

“Historical Activism in Song and Print,” part of the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s On the Beach at Sunset series, features poet Melissa Range and musician and storyteller Reggie Harris. Range will read from a new collection of poems in progress, “Printer's Fist,” which explores, among other things, the role of print culture in the abolitionist movement. The poems draw upon archival sources—newspapers, pamphlets, petitions, children's books, songbooks, and letters—to bring forward historical activist voices that have much to say to us in our current historical moment. Harris will sing and play songs that catalyzed the 20th-century civil rights movement.

This program is free. Audience members are welcome to bring blankets and chairs for the beach event. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside. To secure indoor seating in case of inclement weather, reservations are required and can be requested at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

About the artists

Melissa Range’s second book, Scriptorium, won the 2015 National Poetry Series, selected by US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. Her first book was Horse and Rider. Recent poems have been published in 32 Poems, Blackbird, Image, and Poetry. Range is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among others. Originally from East Tennessee, she teaches creative writing and American literature at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

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