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Children’s Programs at the Library: Julian Gooding Presents The Adventures of Malachiae Moon

Saturday, October 1 from 11:00am-11:45am; Tuesday, October 4 from 9:15am-10:00am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library, Auditorium
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
Produced by: Charleston County Public Library

Storyteller Julian Gooding shares tales from a journal given to him on the day he was born. The journal once belonged to Malachiae Moon who was born the day the American Civil War ended in 1865. Malachiae Moon, a wise and skilled sailor of African descent, lived to be 100 years old. The stories from his journal will take you to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. This 45-minute performance is designed for ages 6 to 60.

Poetry & Storytelling: Marcus Amaker

Monday, October 3 at 6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission:Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and  Tribal Raine

Photo by Lisa Livingston

Marcus Amaker, Charleston, South Carolina’s First Poet Laureate, is an award-winning web designer, graphic designer, videographer, musician and author. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. As an author, Amaker has released sevenpoetry books and has performed on national TV. Amaker’s poems have been featured on PBS Newshour, The Huffington Post, several journals and poetry collections. Additionally, he was one of the poets featured in Seeking the Spirit: An Evening of Poetry and Jazz which was inspired by Jonathan Green’s painting, Seeking. A well-known graphic/web designer and videographer, Amaker produces award-winning work for many local nonprofits and organizations. He is also the lead graphic designer for the national music magazine, No Depression. As a musician, Marcus has been releasing and recording music since he was 10 years old. His 2014 spoken word/jazz album, The New Foundation, was recorded with Grammy-nominated drummer and producer Quentin E. Baxter.

Poetry & Storytelling: Tabu Hazel

Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm
Venue: The Southern
Address: 2 Carlson Court
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine

Originally from White Plains, New York, Peggy Logan (aka Tabu Hazel) is an actress and poet who grew up in Summerton, South Carolina, and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in theater/education from Claflin University and a Master of Education in counseling. For Tabu Hazel, there is power in poetry. As a spoken word artist, she is an advocate who promotes awareness of cancer, domestic violence, homelessness and sexual assault. Her number one goal is to change lives with words. Her poetry and deliverance can be described as being “smooth, fluid, melodic and empowering.”
She has performed throughout the country in many venues.

Literary Corner- Tayari Jones

Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00pm
Venue: Avery Research Center
Address: 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free

Author Tayari Jones will read excerpts from her novel, Silver Sparrow, followed by a discussion with the audience.

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s families– the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich and flawed characters, she also reveals the joy, and the destruction, they brought to each other’s lives.

At the heart of it all are the two girls whose lives are at stake, and like the best writers, Jones portrays the fragility of her characters with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women.

Swahili Student Workshop

Image Courtesy of We Heart It

Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00am
Springfield Elementary School
Coordinator: S. Johari Andika
School Coordinators: Janet Hardeman, 3rd grade chairperson; Blondell Adams, Principal
In this immersive workshop, students learn the importance of Swahili to the Lowcountry, the United States and the World. Students will participate in activities to learn Swahili greetings, common expressions, food words and numbers.

Children’s Programs at the Library: Columbia Marionette Theatre Presents The World of Anansi the Spider

Wednesday, October 5 from 9:15am-9:45am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
Produced by: Charleston County Public Library

This entertaining performance is designed to teach children about world culture. The 30-minute show features marionettes, hand puppets, and rod puppets to tell several folk tales narrated by the storyteller, Anansi, a classic character featured in African tales who later descended to tales in other cultures including Jamaican and Gullah.

Poetry & Storytelling: Carlos Johnson and the Speak Freely Foundation

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS

Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00-7:00pm
Venue:Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address:135 Church Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine

Carlos Johnson, a native of Summerville, South Carolina, currently resides in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Johnson has founded organizations such as The Poetry Show and the Speak Freely Foundation (SFF). SFF, a non-profit organization, supports local youth in the arts. Its mission is to support, educate, and enlighten youth through the arts to better their lives as well as society. The SFF, in collaboration with the City of North Charleston, offers The S.L.@.M. (Speaking Life @mong Many) Poetry Program and the North Charleston Boxing Club at the Armory Park Center. Youth from the Speak Freely Foundation program will present with Johnson.

Poetry & Storytelling: Tammaka Staley

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS
Thursday, October 6 at 6:00pm
Venue:Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and  Tribal Raine.

Tammaka Staley is a performance poet, activist, and teaching artist. A resident of Columbia, South Carolina, she has been writing and performing poetry for 10 years. Tammaka actively works in the community with poetry and youth organizations like OneWord Columbia, the University of South Carolina Upward Bound Program, and Girls Rock Columbia. She was also a sponsor for the SC Community Uplift Foundation Science Rocks benefit concert in 2015. She won the title “Queen of the South” at the 2015 Queen of the South Poetry Slam in April 2015.  She has also performed as a featured artist at the Kennedy Center in the 2016 American College Dance Festival in Washington, DC.  Tammaka strives to empower black communities and use poetry as a tool to give people everywhere something to believe in.

Poetry & Storytelling: Jeffrey Guillaume

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS

Friday, October 7 at 6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address:
34 Prioleau Street
Admission:
Free
Coordinators:
Warachal E. Faison, MD and  Tribal Raine

Jeffrey Guillaume (aka Mr. Emotional The Poet) is a native of Newark, New Jersey, and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. Guillaume discovered his love for the performing arts at Benedict College, where he received a Bachelor of Science in public health. Since his graduation, Guillaume has quickly become one of South Carolina’s most celebrated poets, winning poetry slams and performing all over the nation. With the love he has for young people, poetry is his unique way of giving back and connecting with youth by showing them alternative methods of self-expression. In 2013, Guillaume discovered a literacy program entitled, Write Yourself Free.

Youth Forum/Poetry Slam

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS
Venue: College of Charleston Science Center Auditorium
Address:202 Calhoun Street, Room 129
Admission: Free

College of Charleston students and local youths are invited to enter the 2016 MOJA Arts Festival’s Youth Forum- Poetry Slam. Join us to raise your voice of awareness. Come affirm a positive youth engagement message that inspires both youth and adults to raise consciousness about youth as valuable and respected assets to each other, family and community.

Poetry & Storytelling: Open Mic

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS

Saturday, October 8 at 2:30pm
Venue: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Address: 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine

Regional and local poets and writers are invited to perform. Please join us in listening to some wonderful poets and feel free to make your way up to the mic to let us hear your talent.