It was not planned to be a gala affair…it just happened that way.
(Left to Right) bill berry, jr. CEO/Publisher, aaduna Inc., Terry Quill, musician, “Jumping Joe” Joe Whiting, musician, Featured Readers: Karen Faris, Charles “Seabe” Banks, Vanessa Johnson, Doug Curry, Bernie Williford/music accompanist for Vanessa) and Howard Nelson
Once a year on the fourth Thursday of May, selected and invited poets, writers and musicians come together for a special evening of sharing their creative gifts that are delicately and fiercely wrapped in words and notes in the spirit and legacy of the ongoing impact of the Harlem Renaissance. Audience members came decked out in flapper dresses, glittering bow ties, and sharp and hip caps and hats marked by a frivolity of spirit and attitude that morphed to attentive listening as the music cascades for bodily movement, and the words reign a multitude of emotions and topics that challenge and enlighten.
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This event was funded in part by Poets and Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.