Organization: The Porch Writer's Collective
Job Title: Program Director, SLANT (Student Literary Artists of Nashville, TN)
Industry: Performing Arts
Joseph Kane will be presenting:
At 10:30AM-11:15AM, in Studio A
What was one time that poetry changed your mind about something? The Poetry for Social Justice panel will give voice to what is happening in our world, beginning with the stories from our own community. // Joseph Kane, Program Director, Porch Tennessee’s youth program SLANT (Student Literary Artists of Nashville, TN): Before moving to Nashville, Joe taught poetry in Detroit Public Schools as an Inside Out Literary Arts Project writer-in-residence. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Central Michigan University, where he taught English and was the editor-in-chief of Temenos literary magazine. // Chet Weise, Chief Editor, Third Man Books: Chet Weise’s poetry and fiction has appeared or been anthologized in publications such as Copper Nickel, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End Days. A musician, too, Weise performed and recorded with groups The Quadrajets and the Immortal Lee County Killers. He was banned from Canada during 2008. Weise lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the editor of Third Man Books. // Ciona Rouse, Poet: Ciona Rouse is a poet, living in Nashville, Tennessee. Her poetry has been featured in Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television, Native Magazine and lululemon.com. She believes in poetry being very public, and curates many poetry events in Nashville. // Megan LeAnne Smith, Poet Mentor, Southern Word: Megan LeAnne Smith is creative writer, teaching artist and performer from Nashville, TN. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Talking Writing, The Flowers Center, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, The Write Launch and Versify Podcast. Currently, Megan serves a as a poet mentor for Southern Word, Nashville's non-profit teaching arts organization, empowering youth to act as leaders in their community through literacy, performance, and spoken word. // Melissa Gordon, Restorative Practice Specialist, Metro Nashville Public Schools: Melissa’s determination to create effective and sustaining change in at-risk communities, particularly in classrooms and neighborhoods, has fueled work with local schools, jails, community organizations, hospitals, civic organizations, government agencies, and diverse nonprofit organizations. // Pratik Dash, Communications Coordinator, TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC): Before coming to TIRRC, Pratik worked as the Development Coordinator at Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition (W.O.M.E.N.), where he assisted people who were victims of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, human sex trafficking, and poverty. When Pratik is not working at TIRRC, he is writing and recording music.
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