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Poems in the Key of Movement: A Conversation with Alachua County Poet Laureate, E. Stanley Richardson

Press release from Matheson History Museum

The Matheson History Museum is offering a free virtual program on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., featuring American poet, actor, playwright, social/political commentator and lecturer E. Stanley Richardson. He will be discussing the role of art in social justice movements and sharing some of his work.

Registration for this webinar is via Zoom: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hyHY- 9WYRJScbgtcNlcQHg

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E. Stanley Richardson

E. Stanley Richardson is an American poet, actor, playwright, social / political commentator and lecturer. He is also the inaugural Poet Laureate of Alachua County, Florida (2020 – 2022) and a Matheson Board member.

Some of his many on stage theatrical performances include Fences (Troy) August Wilson, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Big Daddy) Tennessee Williams, and The Royale (Wynton) Marco Ramirez. He is the author of the award-winning book of poetry Hip Hop Is Dead – Long Live Hip Hop: The Birth, Death and Resurrection of Hip Hop Activism (2017). His poetry has appeared in various literary publications in the United States and abroad.

His social/political commentary and lectures typically probe the intersections of race, media, artistic expression (specifically music) and popular culture, including the exploration of organic African American Art Forms in a colonial environment.

He is the Founder / Director of ARTSPEAKSgnv, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy in youths and adults by encouraging creativity, bringing awareness through Art Activism, expanding ideas and opportunity, by providing a medium for expression through the Art of Poetry, Spoken-Word and Storytelling. He is also the Director of the Alachua County / North Central Florida Youth Poet Laureate Program.

E. Stanley Richardson is a Florida native and currently resides in Alachua County, Florida.

This program is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville/Alachua County, FL and by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.