Write on the Spot: Master Poet Tony Medina Encourages Writers to Unlock Their Creativity

Howard University Professor Hosts Interactive Poetry Workshop at Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, September 22
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Sept. 20, 2012 - PRLog -- Writers of all ages are sure to be inspired with an interactive workshop that allows them a unique opportunity to practice the craft, style and structure of poetry with Tony Medina, award-winning writer and Howard University professor whose passion for poetry is infectious.  On Saturday, September 22, Dr. Medina will give writers a series of prompts to encourage them to delve into new realms of creativity. The workshop will take place at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture at 1 p.m.

“My main purpose is to get people to produce original work on the spot,” says Medina. “I want to invigorate their love of language, syllables, works and poetry.” He uses music as the catalyst to get writers’ creative juices flowing. The afternoon writing session will encourage participants to draft their own pieces and provide feedback about each other’s work.  “It’s not just about writing, it’s also the reading and critiquing that’s important,” Medina explains. Attendees will also have a chance to ask Medina about the publication process and to learn more about his journey as a writer.

Tony Medina is one of several featured poets in the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s Arts Wall exhibition Among Poets: Maryland’s Poet Laureate Lucille Clifton, which celebrates the life and legacy of Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), who served as Maryland’s poet laureate during the 1970s. Medina reflects upon the influence that Clifton had on him.  “What I learned from her is the power of brevity and conciseness. She had a lot of short poems, but they were so reverberant.”

About Tony Medina
Tony Medina was born in the South Bronx and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and is an associate professor of creative writing at Howard University, selected in 2003 as the first to hold this position. He was named by Writer's Digest as one of ten poets to watch in the new millennium. Medina's poetry, fiction and essays appear in over 80 publications (including anthologies and literary journals) and two CD compilations. Among his three anthologies, In Defense of Mumia won The American Booksellers Association's Firecracker Alternative Book Award and Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam was named Best Book of 2002 by The Washington Post's Book World. He is the author of sixteen books for adults and children, the most recent of which are I and I, Bob Marley; My Old Man Was Always on the Lam (2011 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist); Broke on Ice; An Onion of Wars; and The President Looks Like Me and Other Poems.

About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Baltimore’s premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland’s African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast’s largest African American museum occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets. For more information, please call 443-263-1800 or visit the museum’s website at www.RFLewisMuseum.org
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