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BEING Heard: National Poetry Month Celebration

BEING Heard: A Celebration of National Poetry Month 2024

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The Aiken County Public Library’s “ART OF WORDS” open mic co-hosts Tamell “Big” Bailey and CathyB proudly present an afternoon and evening of workshops and performances in honor of National Poetry Month 2024!

2:00 p.m. Poetry & Community
with Al Black (founder and host of Mind Gravy Poetry at Cool Beans in Columbia, SC)

3:00 p.m. Poetry for the Eye & Ear
with Catherine “The Great” Zickgraf (CSRA Spoken Word artist/published poet)

4:00 p.m. Concrete Poetry
with Amy “Book Lover” White (ACPL “Circ” Clerk and former Aiken and Kershaw County English teacher)

4:00 p.m. A Poet’s Backpack
with Chashawna “Passionate” Wesby-Hankerson (CSRA songwriter, performing artist, Spoken Word poet, and counselor at Richmond County District Schools)

5:00 p.m. Discussion Panel, Booksigning, Networking & Refreshments
co-hosted by CathyB and Tamell “Big” Bailey

6:00 to 7:45 p.m. Poets’ Open Mic (ART OF WORDS)
with featured performer Al Black and original works by area poets

Signup at the Reference desk, email:, or call 803-642-2020, ext 3
Registration deadline is April 16, 2024

Poet Al BlackCatherine ZickgrafMs AmyChashawna Wesby-Hankerson

Open Mic Co-Hosts Big Bailey and CathyB