My Poetry Readings, Book Signing, & Talks -2008, Promoting “The River is Rising”


January 2008


Program Name: Pennsylvania Inside Out

Time of Broadcast : January 28, 2008 between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. on WPSU-TV, Channel 3

Topics: My new book, Liberia, and the reading of three “The River is Rising,” “Something Death Cannot Know,” and “When My Daughter Tells Me She Has A Boyfriend.”

TV program will be webstream on Penn State website at this link after January 28:

I will post the video on this blog after it has been webstreamed. Look out for the broadcast.

January 24, 2008: Book Launching and Television Interview with Patty Satalia, WPSU (Public TV/Radio)

Poetry Reading and Interview on Penn State Univeristy’s WPSU with TV veteran, Patty Satalia of Penn State TV to discuss my new book, “The River is Rising” and to talk about Liberia.

Time: Broadcast Date (TBA)


———January 30: Poetry Reading & Book Signing at The New School University, New York City, NY

Pan African Literary Forum Readings

Featured Poets: Yusef Komunyakaa, Quincy Troupe, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie [novelist]
!–Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
January 30, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 W. 11th Street, Fifth Floor, New York, NY
$5 general public, free to New School students and alumni
Announcing the first installment of the Pan-African Literary Forum Readings, a series of events in support of PALF’s 2008 Writer’s Conference in Ghana. On January 30th, PALF conference faculty and guests including Yusef Komunyakaa, Quincy Troupe, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will read from their work, and PALF Directors Jeffery Renard Allen and Mohammed Naseehu Ali will be on hand to answer questions about the upcoming conference.We want everybody to join us for this exciting event showcasing some of the most compelling voices from literary Africa and the African Diaspora.
Sponsored by Pan African Literary Forum, The New School Writing Program
Info: 917-597-0408

——January 30-Feb. 2 AWP Conference in New York City (Will Attend and Participate during these days)


——–Jan. 31, 2008- AWP Conference 2008 Activities

I will be Signing my new book, “The River is Rising” and greeting friends at the Autumn House Press Book Table During AWP (Associated Writers & Writing Program) Conference in New York City, NY: Location: New York Hilton, Manhattan, NY- MEET ME THERE.


February 2008-

New York City—A Celebration of Life: A Call for Peace

———-Feb. 1, 2008 at 6:30 pm: Poetry Reading and Book Signing in New York City with Friends, fellow Liberian author, Ruby Harmon and others in New York City, NY: By Invitation Only

———–February 7, 2008 at 7 pm: Poetry Reading & Book Signing

Poetry Reading with My friend, South African Poet, Gabeba Baderoon in Celebration of African Art Exhibition at the Palmer Museum in State College, Pennsylvania

Place: University Park, State College Pennsylvania

Time: Thursday February 7, at 7 PM



——–February 15, 2008—Official Book Launching with Autumn House Master Poets Series

My Official Book Launching Sponsored by Autumn House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Location: The Joseph Beth location in the Southside Works in Pittsburgh

Time- Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 at 7 pm.

Free and open to the public


Feb. 20 & 21-Poetry Reading, Classroom Visit and Talk at Penn State York,

Feb 20, 7 pm Community Poetry Reading

Feb. 21- Classroom Visits, Penn State York

Free to the Public


——February 28, 2008

Poetry Reading and Book Signing with fellow Penn State Altoona Poets, Todd Davis, Erin Murphy at Penn State Altoona in Altoona, PA.

Time: 7 pm, Edith Davis Chapel, Penn State Altoona Campus


March 2008

—–March 5, 2008

Featured Guest with three other writers at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series: A Panel Discussion on Writing & Social Responsibility

Wednesday March 5, 2008, 6:00 PM
501 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Campus, Oakland


——March 25, 2008-GOING SOUTH AGAIN?

Poetry Reading, Talks and Book Signing at the Lyceum Series’s Thirteenth Annual World of Words Poetry Festival Sponsored by Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina

Program Schedule:

Lionel H. Newsom Humanities Building, Room 108
Writing Workshop
4:00 p.m.

Sarah Belk Gambrell Auditorium
Public Reading
7:30 p.m.

Free to the Public


April 2008

—–April 23-27, 2008– African Literature Association Conference

Macomb, IL


——April 29, 2008

I will be the Featured Guest Author at Autumn House Press’ Annual “Autumn in the Spring” Festival

Poetry Reading and Book Signing in Pittsburgh, PA

Time: 5:pm, April 29,2008

Invited/Patrons and Supporters of Autumn House Press


May 2008


June 2008


July 2008- Come, let’s go to Africa with me!

——–July 2-19 — Teaching Poetry in Ghana, West Africa with Pan African Literary Forum in Ghana- PALF . Also, Study Abroad faculty taking Penn State University Students to Ghana, West Africa, where students will get an opportunity to study Creative Writing and African World Lit. with internationally renowned authors like Yusef Kumunyakaa, Kwame Dawes, Quincy Troupe. I will be one of the core faculty in poetry. Call to enroll today for a life-changing experience.

July 20-August 5- Research Trip and Creative Writing Workshops in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa (TBA)



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