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Learning to Listen: Oral History as Poetry

  • Weeksville Heritage Center 158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11213 United States (map)

Do you remember the first poem that spoke to you?

What memories are attached to them?

In honor of National Poetry Month, please join Weeksville Heritage Center for a deconstructed open mic session where participants learn how to use the oral history process to realize personal material for poetry, as well as share poems that inspire them. Oral history interviews can be thought of as an event where narrators undertake the practice of interpreting their own memories and turning them into a recorded personal history of experiences that express who they are.

Negus Adeyemi, runner up of our 2017 Grand Champion Poetry Slam will be opening the session with his own work and sharing their connection to memory.

Please bring your favorite poems, memories and a recording device (phone) for this introspective evening.

Learn more about our third annual Grand Champion Poetry Slam on April 14th here.

Negus Adeyemi was born in the borough of Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey by parents from the Caribbean island of Barbados. With the fortune of having his father being a calypsonian and folk musician, he literally grew up around storytelling and performing. It was not until he graduated from NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) in 2008 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering that he himself began to seriously write poetry. Passionate about his culture and heritage from the time of his conception, Negus displays these and many more emotions in every one of his poems. Exuberant with these emotions, he is very ardent about producing poetry that focuses on the cultivation and edification of his people. He utilizes a plethora of ways and topics for people to relate and connect with his messages. As a poet, his goal is to express himself in a manner that enlightens, heals, uplifts, guides and augments the hue man spirit.