MADISON — The Poetry Friday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. at the Central Library, 201 W Mifflin Street, Madison, WI.
Fruit, pastries, coffee and juice will be served at this event that is free and open to the public. The Poetry Party is a celebration of arts for people living with memory loss and their families. Gary Glazner, founder and executive director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project (APP) and past Madison Poet Laureate Fabu Carter will read classic, well-loved poems and poems written by those with living with memory loss. A highlight of the Poetry Party event will be the creation of an original poem by the poets and the audience.
Poet Gary Glazner founded the APP in 2003 and to date has held programming in 23 states and internationally in Australia, Germany, Poland and South Korea. The APP performs and creates poetry with people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. The Alzheimer's Poetry Project was awarded the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement.
Fabu, as she is professionally known, is a poet, columnist, storyteller, and educator. She was the third Madison Poet Laureate. (2008-2011). As a literary artist, she creates and shares writing that reflects her life spent in Memphis, Tennessee, Nairobi, Kenya and Madison, Wisconsin. She has published Poems, Dreams and Roses, In Our Own Tongues and Journey to Wisconsin: African American Life in Haiku.
Journey to Wisconsin won Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the Wisconsin Library Association, 2012. Fabu is a Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry in 2013, and Silver winner in Spoken Word/Poetry in 2014. Remember Me: Mary Lou Williams in Poetry is her latest work. She loves sharing and composing poetry with mature adults. Her website is: mwww.artistfabu.com.
The Poetry Party is funded in part by the Helen Bader Foundation and the Poetry Foundation. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. www.alzwisc.org
For more info please contact Fabu Carter at Fabu@artistfabu.com or go to www.alzpoetry.com.