People’s Poetry Gathering

2003

In 2003, the Gathering highlighted ballads and epics.  Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, wrote an insightful essay on the ballad for The New York Times on the festival’s opening day; and we hosted a special conference and concert honoring Alan Lomax for his contribution to folk music and poetry.  Sierra Leonean Kewulay Kamara, a member of the finenu caste of poets joined with jali musicians from West Africa for a performance of Sundiata.  Acclaimed chanter of medieval epics Benjamin Bagby performed the Anglo‑Saxon Beowulf, and Kazakhstan singer Almasbek Almatov presented a stunning performance of the traditional epics of his homeland. 


Selections from the 2003 Poetry Gathering Brochure (Forthcoming):

Recognition: An Epic

The Ballad Hunters: Sung Stories at the PPG

Points of View: A Global Salon/The Iliad and Postmodern War

Some Highlights:

-Epics and Ballads

-Folk Music in the American Century: an Alan Lomax Tribute

-Lyrical Campaigns: Celebrating the Legacy of June Jordan

 

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