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DEI Spotlight Events - February 2022

Four Poets

My lips and tongue freeze

and the debate rolls on

all mixed up

in black and white.

“The Trouble with Pronouns,” by Tara Campbell

On Tuesday, February 15th, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion presented “4 Poets: A Reading and Discussion,” featuring four of the region's most acclaimed poets as part of Black History Month.

The celebrated lineup included poets Tara Campbell, winner of multiple grants and awards for her writing; Teri Ellen Cross Davis, poetry coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library; Dr. Tony Medina, the first professor of Creative Writing at Howard University; and Kim B. Miller, a NOVA alum and the current Poet Laureate of Prince William County.

After an introduction from Dr. Kress, each of the poets was introduced and read a sample of their work, their readings alternating between familial concerns, the anxiety and challenges presented by bigotry, to an emotional selection of haikus from Ms. Miller that touched on everything from identity to freedom. After their readings, they engaged in a lively, often humorous discussion about their experiences with poetry, their advice to aspiring poets (“read read read!” advised Ms. Davis), and how the DC/MD/VA region is particularly welcoming to the arts.

The discussion closed with each of the poets discussing what other art forms inspire their work and, in line with their performances, they spoke of music, and anger, and the need for silence, the embrace of the concept that poetry is their release of their experiences, good or bad.

The event was recorded and is available to view for those unable to attend. To view a recording of this event (NOTE: this recording is only available for enrolled students and NOVA faculty and staff), visit https://online.nvcc.edu/videoservices/. Click Academic Resources, then SSO Login, log in, and scroll down to DEI-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

NOVA's Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is committed to advancing Inclusive Excellence and improving the well-being and success of all NOVA students, faculty, staff and the greater community. The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion works in collaboration with all aspects of the college community to elevate the acceptance of different ideas, values, beliefs, abilities and perspectives while also advancing equity as aligned with the College's Mission and Strategic Plan and helping to create and sustain a more inclusive and accepting college community.

DEI Spotlight Events are held monthly. For information about other programs by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, please visit https://www.nvcc.edu/diversity, or contact Dr. Nathan Carter at nacarter@nvcc.edu.