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Durham County Library Presents Rhythm, Rhyme and Revolution: A Workshop for Young Adults and Teens

Program: Rhythm, Rhyme and Revolution: The Art in Getting Free! A Workshop for Young Adults and Teens
Date: Monday, Aug. 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host spoken-word performers Dasan Ahanu and Tai Allen for Rhythm, Rhyme and Revolution: The Art in Getting Free!, an interactive workshop for young adults and teens at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 24, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

The workshop will examine how poetry and music allow creative opportunities to envision a new world. Participants will examine selected works by both past and contemporary artists in Hip Hop, R&B and poetry. They will also engage in activities that will show them how to “get free” in their artistic expression.

Ahanu is one of the founders of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT), where he is a writer, director, producer and cast member. He is also the founder of the Jambalaya Soul Slam and coach of Durham, NC’s Bull City Slam Team (BCST), which competes regionally and nationally. He is a resident artist at the Hayti Heritage Center and an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Sacrificial Poets, a youth spoken word organization. Ahanu has been chosen as the 2015-2016 recipient of the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship at Harvard University.

Allen is a poet who sings over music he has produced. His poetry has been published in Bomb and African Voices, and his music has been reviewed by publications including SoulTracks, Uptown Magazine and CentricTV. In 2010, Allen’s album Easy Readin’ was awarded “Album of The Year” by the National Poetry Awards. He is a member of the National Black Writers Conference Steering Committee and has also served as the conference’s Poetry Cafe host.

This program is presented by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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