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The Central Pen Rocks the Mic at Common Hour

1st Place Derrick "Muff" Johnson

1st Place Derrick “Muff” Johnson at the 2013 Poetry Slam

At the SGA’s common hour on August 7, 2014, The Central Pen rocked the mic with performances by our own Maria James Thiaw, faculty advisor, Jade Harper, 2013 Poetry Contest Winner, and Derrick “Muff” Johnson, 2013 Poetry Slam Winner.

Professor Maria Thiaw hit off the presentation with her ‘Wordaholic’ spoken word piece to an enthusiastic applause.

Thiaw was followed by Jade Harper who read her award winning poem, ‘I Am.’  Harper’s self-affirming poem won her the Academy of American Poets University Prize back in April.

The presentation was rounded out with Derrick “Muff” Johnson delivering his winning poetry slam piece from last year.

The crowd was also invited to join us for our 2nd Annual Poetry slam where Johnson will defend his title against all challengers.  The Slam will take place on August 28th at Scoozi’s cafe.  Performers should arrive by 7 pm to get their names on the list.  The slam will start at 7.30 sharp.  Prizes will be awarded and winners will be crowned!

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It’s Time to SLAM!

Poet Slam


When: Thursday, August 28th (doors open at 7 pm, the slam starts at 7.30)
Where: Scoozi’s
Why: Prizes!  $100 first place; $50 second place
Who: YOU!

For more information, contact us: thecentralpen@centralpenn.edu

See our other post about getting ready for the slam here and get inspired by our creative minds on campus: Isaiah Isley, Derrick Johnson,  and Dezmyn Edmond.

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11th Annual SLAM Contest

Join local poets for the 11th Annual Heavyword Poetry Championship for an evening of SLAM poetry:

Who? Poets who are at least 17 and fans of any age

Where?  Coakley’s Restaurant, 305 Bridge Str., New Cumberland, PA

When?  Saturday, October 5th at 6 PM

How? Signing up (poets) or stopping in (fans)


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Organized by Central Penn’s and Central Pen’s own: Professor Maria James Thiaw.  Carla Christopher, who blessed the mic at Central Penn just last term, is announcing event Click on the flyer to zoom in and get the details!

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Maria James-Thiaw Reads From Her New Book: Talking ‘White’

Maria James Thiaw

Maria James-Thiaw prepares to perform for the students, faculty, and staff of Central Penn College

Poet, Professor, and Performance Artist, Maria James-Thiaw, performed pieces from her new book of poetry, Talking “White,” for an audience of students, faculty, and staff at Central Penn College on Thursday, May 30.  The event was hosted by the amazing library staff, Diane Porterfield and Jill Hallam-Miller, of the Charles “T” Jones Library at Central Penn College.

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