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Ishmael Reed Headlined Buffalo Poetry Festival April 2014

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Three poets with Buffalo connections who have gone on to international acclaim highlighted a four-day festival in April in the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

The dozens of poetry-related readings, performances and screenings, collectively dubbed “Words” and timed to coincide with National Poetry Month, explored Buffalo’s wide-ranging contributions to the international poetry and literary worlds.

The headliner of the event – if poetry festivals can be said to have headliners – wasIshmael Reed, who spent much of his youth in Buffalo before going on to attain worldwide fame as a poet, songwriter, editor and inveterate critic of American politics and culture. Reed, who won a MacArthur “genius” grant in 1998, has written dozens of volumes of poetry and prose as well as song lyrics for many jazz and blues musicians.News Arts Editor Jeff Simon, led a public conversation with Reed and described him as an “all-around enlightened troublemaker” who “has probably done more to unclog the hypocrisies and stupidities of American culture than any other writer of his generation.”

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014