Poet Remica Bingham reads at McDonough Feb. 19

Remica Bingham

Remica Bingham

Award-winning poet Remica Bingham will read from her new collection of poetry, What We Ask of Flesh (Etruscan, 2013), at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Of this second collection by one of America’s most talented African-American poets, National Book Award Finalist Patricia Smith writes, “These poems move purposely toward a light that shines for anyone who reads them,” while Amy Gerstler writes, “Every poem is uttered with fervor and a timeless sense of gravity and rapture. ”

Bingham’s first book Conversion, won the prestigious Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award and was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.  Bingham resides with her husband and children in Norfolk, Va., where she serves as the director of Writing and Faculty Development at Old Dominion University.

In addition to her public reading, Bingham will participate in the Mahoning Valley Diversity Outreach Program, visiting Youngstown Early College, East High School and the Prison Program, as well as YSU classes. Seven outreach events are scheduled. Altogether, Bingham will speak to more than 500 high school and college students.

Since becoming part of the YSU Poetry Center programming in 2006, the Mahoning Valley Diversity Outreach Program has brought renowned national and international authors to more than 4,000 students, offering inspiration and expanding horizons .

Sponsored by the YSU Poetry Center and Etruscan Press,  the Program  has received support from YSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Gratia Murphy Endowment, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wean Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Rayen Foundation.

For more information please contact Phil Brady at psbrady@gmail.com or call 330-941-1952.