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Penn State Altoona announces African-American Read-In events

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ALTOONA – The twenty-fifth annual African-American Read-In Chain will be celebrated at Penn State Altoona February 23 – 24, 2014. This year’s theme, Lift Every Voice, recognizes the close relationship between the musical and literary arts.

Events begin Sunday, February 23 at 4 p.m. in the Port-Sky Café with a community gathering featuring music, literature, and food. It is free and open to the public. You are invited to share a short reading from a work by an African-American author or just listen and enjoy. Advanced reservations are required. RSVP to or 814-949-5280 by February 7.

The Read-In Chain continues Monday, February 24 with “Monday Marathon,” an Open Mic Read-In in the Slep Student Center. Marathon special features include the following:

10:20 - 10:50 a.m. — Stan Snyder’s Art Education 303 class presentations

11:45 a.m. - noon — Jerry Zolten, “If I Had My Way ...“ on Discovering Rev. T.T. Rose, Pioneer 1920’s Paramount Recording Artist

Noon - 1:00 p.m. — Keynote Presentation: Ronnie Burrage, "Jazz, Hip Hop, and Poetry," brown bag lunch event: dessert and beverages provided

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. — Remembering Amiri Baraka

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. — PennMont Academy kindergarteners with Christine Black and Music 241 students

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. — Nelson Mandela: A Tribute, with Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

3:00 - 3:50 p.m. — Liberation Through Language: Spiritual and Linguistic Melodies Annette Nagle and Anne Maucieri with vocalists Taylor Swick (tenor) and Sheriece Veazey (soprano)

At 5:30 p.m., Yona Harvey, featured author of the 2014 African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona will give a reading of her works.

Harvey is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water (Four Way Books 2013). Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Harvey teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

A book signing will immediately follow the presentation, where Harvey’s book will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Penn State Altoona English Program’s Writers and Speakers Series.

If you’d like to sign up to read or have questions about the Monday Marathon, contact Robin Reese at

The 2014 African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona events are sponsored by Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, chancellor and dean, The Letters Arts and Sciences Program, The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and International Student Services, The Division of Arts and Humanities, The Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences, The Altoona College Honors Program, and the Blair County NAACP.

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