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Renowned Poet in Local Performance
Taylor Mali on Stage at Taft School
WATERTOWN - Well-known poet and YouTube sensation Taylor Mali brings his art to Taft School’s Black Box theater Friday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
One of the best-known authors and performers to emerge from the poetry slam movement, Taylor Mali has published two books, The Last Time As We Are and What Learning Leaves; he has also recorded four spoken-word CD’s. His life, words and mission speak of inclusion, not exclusion, which makes him an unexpected force among dissimilar wordsmiths. He claims to be one of the few people in the world to have no other job than that of poet.
Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, and spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and SAT preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his New Teacher Project is working to attract 1,000 prospective teachers to the education field through his personal “poetry, persuasion and perseverance.”
In 2001, Taylor Mali received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant to develop Teacher! Teacher! a one-man show about poetry, teaching and math; the show won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival. Mali is a past-president of Poetry Slam, Inc., a non-profit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America. He currently makes his living as a spoken-word and voiceover artist, a performer and as a workshop leader. He has narrated several books on tape, including The Great Fire, for which he won the Golden Earphones Award for children’s narration.
The one-hour performance is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. The Black Box theater is in Taft’s main building, at 110 Woodbury Road, Watertown, Connecticut. Mali’s books will be available for purchase after the show. For more information, visit www.taftschool.org
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