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Wordstock Inc. Pre Poetry Festival Showcase

(PRWEB) June 14, 2000


“The Write Commodity”



Youandi Jackman

Chief Operations Officer

(212) 330- 8012





HARLEM, New York, June 5, 2000 – Brooklyn’s largest poetry festival,WORDSTOCK is growing larger than ever, attracting the hottest poets from all over the globe and its coming to Harlem. Harlem’s rapid economic development is bringing out the artist community to welcome its newest neighbors with WORDSTOCK, INC.’s pre-festival

poetry showcase featuring Will Power on June 25, 2000 hosted by Ras Baraka and Juba

Dowdell at Harlem’s oldest standing arts center, Harlem School of the Arts. This premier event for spoken word/poetry lovers, WORDSTOCK, INC. will showcase artists like Rha Goddess, Mental Food, Precious Gift, D-Schizophrenic, 7th Degree and Tariq

and a surprise special guest, offering a wide variety of performances flavoring theatrical style melody and drama.

“We’re here to present poetry in ways no one would ever begin to imagine” says

Reggie Mason, Co- Chairman of WORDSTOCK INC. “When someone says ‘poetry’ we don’t want it to be associated with a stigma of boredom, we want people to be excited about literary art. It falls in line with our mission to “invest in literacy through poetry” and make it

enjoyable for people of all ages.” The spoken word/poetry market has become one of the fastest growing markets since Jessica Care Moore’s performance at the Apollo Theatre in 1995 winning the Amateur Night competition five weeks in a row. Since then, the influence of spoken word has saturated the entertainment industry in all genres. For example, Russell Simmons’ recent investment in the “Def Poetry Jam” showcase series; Mos Def’s collaboration with Ms. Moore on his recent album release; Ras Baraka’s performance on Lauryn Hill’s albums “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and “The Score”; Saul Williams’ starring role in the award winning feature film “Slam”; TV commercials with Sonia Sanchez endorsing Cadillac automobile with poetry and MuMs the Schemer who landed a major role in HBO’s drama series “OZ” are all major examples of the strong presence spoken word has in today’s society and its ever increasing market.

Recognizing the growing influence of spoken word/ poetry on the entertainment industry,

WORDSTOCK, INC. celebrates the success of the art form with the annual “WORDSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL”, held every summer in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York. Unlike previous years, 2000 will expand the festival to a week of literary activities throughout New York City beginning August 7th. Featured artist, Will Power is a writer, actor, director and phenomenal performance poet. As the star of his one man show “The Gathering”; Mr. Power performed nationally and internationally at the Tampa Bay Performance Arts Center, Legion Arts (Iowa), the Battersea Arts Center (London), CCA(Scotland) and the British Festival of Visual Theatre (England). Power also held leading male role in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival hit film “Drylongso” directed by Cauleen Smith. He’s worked with popular Cuban pianist Omar Sosa whom he co-wrote tunes featured on three of Sosa’s critically acclaimed albums “Free Roots”, “Spirit of the Roots” and “Bembon”. Will Power will be featured at WORDSTOCK, INC. pre-festival poetry showcase where “theater meets poetry”.

WORDSTOCK, INC. is a literary and cultural organization of writers, artists and educators dedicated to promoting the art of spoken word/poetry, and the performing arts through seminars workshops concerts and literary forums. WORDSTOCK, INC. seeks to create a meeting place where established and emerging artists can dialogue, share and celebrate their storied craft. Through performing arts and spoken word, WORDSTOCK, INC. provides a safe environment for young people to communicate openly, while promoting

literacy and cultural appreciation thus helping writers to develop efficient

communication, writing and literary skills needed to understand, succeed and co-exist in a culturally diverse society

The “WORDSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL” will be held on Saturday, August 12,2000 at 12:00 p.m. in Prospect Park at the Old Music Pagoda. For more information about the pre-festival poetry showcase or other inquiries please contact Youandi Jackman at (212) 330-8012

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