Kick off National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. with a visit to DuBois on Main, 116 Main Street, Mount Hope. There you will find award-winning poet Norman Jordan displaying his poetic talents and his newly created “stick poetry.”
As West Virginia’s most published African American poet, Jordan, a Fayette countian, has an extensive background in writing both poetry and plays. His poetry has been anthologized in 42 books of poetry including “Black Fire, The Poetry of the Negro 1746-1970,” “Make A Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African American Poets,” “In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African American poetry” and “Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950-1999.”
He was a poet in “Creative Classroom,” a magazine published by the Children’s Television Workshop for the Sesame Street TV show. In 2000, Jordan released a CD of his own poetry, “The Poet the Dreamer.”
His fifth and latest book of poetry, “Sing Me Different,” features his creation of “stick” poetry.
His plays have been staged in San Diego, Cleveland, Atlanta and New York. He holds a United Nations Playwright Award and participated in the 1967 UN International Playwrights Workshop. He was the first recipient of the Harriet Eels Performing Arts Fellowship at Karamu House Theater in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended public school when his family moved there from Ansted. He received a Master of Arts degree in African American Studies from Ohio State University.
Jordan returned to his birthplace in Ansted in 1977 and continued his chosen work. He has taught African American Literature at West Virginia University. He has also taught at other colleges in the area.
He is co-founder and director of the African American Heritage Family Tree Museum and president of the African American Arts & Heritage Academy.
In 2000, Jordan was recipient of a Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award issued by the West Virginia Governor’s Award Committee.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the poetry.
For more information, call Jean Evansmore at 304-578-7707.