By Norman Geary
On Sunday, October 16, the Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writers’ Wordshop had an African American Storytellers Festival at the State Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This event was co-sponsored by Jump Street, Life Esteem Inc., Community Art Publishers, PA Council of the Arts, and Imani African Christian Church.
Dr. Nathaniel Gadsden, a professor of African American History at Central Penn College and the founder of the Writer’s Wordshop, hosted the event which featured many prominent artists and speakers including: professional storyteller Denise Valentine, actress and author Lynn Blackston, professor and writer Ron Kipling, and performance poets Terri A. Durden and Carla Christopher.
The main focus of Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writers Wordshop is to provide a platform for poets and spoken word artists to perform and to get published. The festival is just one of the many cultural family events held by Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writers’ Wordshop at the State Museum throughout the year. The Writers’ Wordshop gets creative individuals involved by giving them exposure while educating the audience about African American history, which includes a number of social topics affecting the African American culture as a whole.
The Wordshop helps performers, writers and poets find their voice and gain confidence to promote publication of their works. Students of the Wordshop have become known for their works and are often looked upon and asked to perform and participate in events throughout the region.
Terri A. Durden, Founder/CEO of Community-4-Change, Inc. says, “I’ve been writing since 8th grade. I started writing little love letters to my boyfriend… I would take songs and blend them together and make a poem until I learned to create my own poetry. “ Now Terri is an award winning poet with a book published, I Will Remember You and one coming out – Words, Sounds, Echoing.
The Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writers Wordshop meets at The Midtown Scholar Book Store, 3rd & Verbeke Street, Harrisburg, PA 1st , 2nd and 4th Fridays from 7-9 p.m. Each meeting features a performer and an open reading. They are free to the public. Everyone is welcome to join the Writers Wordshop.
For more information contact: Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Gadsden at email@example.com or 717-608-2312.
Norman Geary is a Corporate Communications major at Central Penn College, a member of the Media Club, and a regular contributor to The Knightly News.