Words Across the Water — Virtual

South Carolina State University will present a series of four interactive, virtual programs on “Words Across the Water: Writing and Discourse Across the Black Atlantic” from September 15 – November 17, 2022. SC Humanities helped support this program with a Mini Grant.

“Words Across the Water” will explore the intersections where Anglophone Caribbean and African American cultural traditions meet and engage each other in language.

Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 5:00 p.m.
Indigenous and Migration
The October 6 Words Across the Water program will feature Poets Cyndi Marshall of the Barbabos and Jillian Hanesworth of Buffalo NY.  Poet and educator Hannah Hoilett-Frierson will be the moderator. The event is free on Zoom, but pre-registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/3nr3jy9a. (After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)

Cyndi Celeste is a spoken word poet, storyteller and creative entrepreneur based in Barbados. She is an arts activist and language advocate who uses performance poetry and literature to encourage social discourse on issues of identity. Inspired by Barbadian and Caribbean culture, her work seeks to educate as well as entertain, beseeching her audiences to introspection and progressive thought. Cyndi has released a spoken word EP called ‘Cyndicated’ which explores black creative and cultural identity.

Jillian Hanesworth was born and raised on the East side of Buffalo, NY. She began writing at the age of 7, when she would write songs for her mother to sing in church. She later took a break from writing to successfully pursue educational goals, and worked to obtain a BA in criminal justice and law focusing on reform.
In January of 2017, Jillian committed herself to social change through art, thus began her poetry career. Since then, Jillian has performed over 200 times, in Buffalo, NY, NYC, Baltimore, MD, Toronto, and everywhere in between. She has let her passion lead her mission empower listeners to take part in demanding and creating sustainable systemic change. Currently, Jillian is the founder of Literary Freedom, LLC, a community activist and organizer and the first ever Poet Laureate in the history of Buffalo after she spent 2 years advocating for the existence of the role. Jillian loves and lives for the community and exemplifies that in all that she does.

All events will be on Zoom and will start at 5 pm. Registration information will be updated several weeks in advance of the program date. For more information contact Dr. Thomas Cassidy at tcassidy@scsu.edu.

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