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Event at Cayuga CC Library to Focus on African-American Poet

DATE: 01-25-2010

In honor of Black History Month, on Thursday, February 11, 2010, the Cayuga Community College Library will present a poetry reading and talk by Cayuga English professor Howard Nelson at 7:30 p.m. The one-hour presentation, "When Gwendolyn Brooks Came to Auburn," will explore the life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The free public event is part of a series developed locally for the 2010 National African American Read-In.

An initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Read-In challenges communities to discover the richness and diversity of African-American literature during Black History Month. Offered at libraries in Cayuga County during February, the local Read-In was planned by representatives of the Community-Wide Dialogue to End Racism, Seymour Public Library, the Auburn Enlarged City School District and Cayuga Community College. Details about the Auburn campus event are available from Rosemarie Romano, public services librarian at Cayuga, at 315-255-1743, extension 2299.