Uncouth Hour welcomes spoken word poet, Javon Johnson

Please join Hatter Network for special guest, Javon Johnson, at Uncouth Hour on Jan. 23 at 9 p.m.  Dr. Johnson is an American spoken-word poet, writer and professor. He is an assistant professor and director of African American and African Diaspora Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an author.  Dr. Johnson’s first book, “Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities” (Rutgers University Press,  2017), unpacks some of the complicated issues that comprise performance poetry spaces. He argues that the truly radical potential in slam and spoken word communities lies not just in proving literary worth, speaking back to power, or even in altering power structures, but instead in imagining and working toward altogether different social relationships.  We will have his book, “Killing Poetry,” available for purchase ($19.95) and a brief book-signing opportunity on Thursday evening.

As always, Uncouth Hour will be held in Lee’s Garage in the Carlton Union Building (CUB). We will have snacks, Cultural Credit and an opportunity for our own Stetson Community to share their art, as well. It will all begin at 9 p.m. For this evening, we will begin a little earlier than usual to allow time for both Dr. Johnson and our own very talented artists.

We would like to give a very special thanks to The Office of Community Standards, The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and The Office of Student Development and Campus Vibrancy for bringing Dr. Johnson to campus.

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