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Connections Literary Reading, Poet Rick Benjamin

Connections Literary Reading, Poet Rick Benjamin
November 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium
Rick Benjamin

Tickets: $3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM Student ID

Rick Benjamin is the State Poet of Rhode Island. He teaches or has taught at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, in many schools, and in community and assisted living centers—where he has passed good time in the company of people who range in age from six to ninety-six. He also serves as a Fellow at New Urban Arts—an afterschool arts mentoring program for Providence high school students. His poems and essays have appeared in PRØOF, Watershed, The Providence Journal, Tongue, 350.org, The Writer’s Circle, American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press), Urthona: An International Buddhist Journal of the Arts, Poem, Home: An Anthology of Ars Poetica (Paper Kite Press), and La Petite Zine. He lives with his family in a very small village in the smallest state.

Rick Benjamin believes that poetry can play a primary role in helping to build community and that communities are vibrant and connected when they are engaged with the medium of poetry. At Brown & RISD, his poetry classes always include a community component so that his students can more fully experience what it means to circulate in communities outside of higher education, and his own creative practice includes work in many schools, community and elder centers, among other places.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council and Maryland State Arts Council.