Poet featured among ‘Brave New Voices’ to read, discuss work

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Award-winning poet Alysia Harris will perform her work and discuss social justice activism as a spoken word artist during an Oct. 5 visit to the University of Louisville.

    Harris’ free, public performance as part of the Global Humanities Series will begin at 4 p.m. at Speed Cinema, 2035 S. Third St.

    In several years of touring, the poet has performed at the United Nations and in South Africa, Canada, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. She was a founding member of The Strivers Row performance poetry collective and is editor-in-chief of the Atlanta-based nonprofit publication Scalawag, which focuses on Southern politics and culture.

    Harris won the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, sponsored by Solstice literary magazine, in 2014 and 2015 and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She received her master of fine arts degree in poetry from New York University and is a doctoral candidate in linguistics at Yale University.

    While seeking her undergraduate degree at The University of Pennsylvania, she competed on the winning youth poetry slam team in the Brave New Voices contest and was featured in the HBO documentary “Brave New Voices.”

      The event sponsors are UofL’s comparative humanities department and Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, as well as Speed Art Museum.

    For more information, contact Simona Bertacco at 502-852-7161 or s0bert01@louisville.edu.

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    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.