FUNDRAISER FOR ETHERIDGE KNIGHT
Image description: Black and white photo of Knight smiling brightly, wearing glasses, a light button-up, and dark jacket
Image caption: Etheridge Knight
ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 15TH 1989, FROM 1-5PM, POETS AND PROPHETS IN COOPERATION WITH THE SPOKEN ARTS SERIES OF THE PAINTED BRIDE ARTS CENTER, WILL BE PRESENTING A BENEFIT POETRY READING FOR POET, ETHERIDGE KNIGHT
INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN POET, ETHERIDGE KNIGHT JUST RECENTLY RESETTLED IN PHILADELPHIA. ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, 1988, HE WAS THE VICTIM OF A SERIOUS AUTO ACCIDENT. INJURED BY A HIT AND RUN DRIVER, KNIGHT DOES NOT HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE, THEREFORE HIS ABILITY TO EARN INCOME HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY IMPAIRED. POETS, BOB SMALL AND LAMONT B. STEPTOE, COORDINATORS OF TWO RESPECTIVE READING SERIES HAVE COMBINED EFFORTS TO PRODUCE THIS SPECIAL BENEFIT READING.
Poets & Prophets
FEATURED & OPEN READING
DATE: January 15, 1989
LOCATION: MIDDLE EAST RESTAURANT, 2ND & CHESTNUT STS.
UPSTAIRS AT THE COMEDY WORKS
Etheridge Knight was born in Corinth, Mississippi. He is a pithy observer of human complexity and a master orator and writer. The Pittsburgh Press recently described Knight as “one of the most vital and political contemporary American poets.” He is the veteran of two formative male institutions: the U.S. Army, returning badly wounded and on his way to drug addiction from the Korean War, and the Indiana State Prison, serving time for a narcotics related armed robbery. It was in prison that Etheridge Knight began his distinguished writing and reading career; a career that has made him a Pulitzer Prize nominee, a recipient of numerous fellowships including a Guggenheim and the winner of the 1987 American Book Award for The Essential Etheridge Knight.
The following poets have come together to donate their services this event. Note: Etheridge Knight is schedule to be the last poet to read in this event.
The Spoken Arts Series
The Painted Bride
Maralyn Lois Polak
Lamont B. Steptoe
Kimmika L. H. Williams
Beth Baker Bowers
Ketan Ben Caesar
Jane Todd Cooper
Sharon Leonard Goodman