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Contact:
Dr. April Logan
English Department
Salisbury University
1101 Camden Ave.
Salisbury, MD  21801
410-543-8106
aclogan@salisbury.edu

Conference Reception Reader: Michelle Myers

myersMichelle Myers is a spoken word poet, community activist, and educator. She is a founding member of the poetry group Yellow Rage, a spoken-word duo of Philadelphia-based Asian American female poets. Myers is also an Associate Professor and Chair of the Learning Lab/Student Academic Computer Center Department at Community College of Philadelphia. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Temple University. In all of her work, Myers is dedicated to raising awareness about social injustices and building positive relationships across communities.

Her poetry group, Yellow Rage, was featured on the first season of the critically-acclaimed HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and performed live in the first live Def Poetry Jam show at the 2001 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO. Throughout Myers’s solo career, she has performed across the country, from the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival show “Whose City?,” in support of the Media Mobilizing Project, to the 2010 GirLFest Hawaii in Honolulu, which advocated the prevention of violence against women and girls through education and art.

Recently, in March 2013, Myers kicked off her national book tour for her solo poetry book The SHE Book, which was released in the spring of 2011. In November 2011, her show The SHE Project was presented at The Painted Bride Arts Center.  All proceeds from the book support Odanadi, an anti-trafficking organization that rescues and rehabilitates women and children in India.

Her website: www.yellowrage.com

E-mail: michelle@yellowrage.com


Salisbury University Banquet Reader: Merle Collins

collinsMerle Collins, who is Grenadian, is a writer of poetry and fiction.  She has published two novels, Angel and The Colour of Forgetting, two collections of short stories, The Ladies are Upstairs and Rain Darling, three poetry collections, Because the Dawn Breaks, Rotten Pomerack and Lady in a Boat.  Her work has appeared in several anthologies as well.  She is also producer of the video documentary Saracca and Nation (2009).  Her most recent publication, published by Peepal Tree Press this year (2013), is a biography entitled The Governor’s Story:  Authorised Biography of Dame Hilda Bynoe, which is about the first woman governor in the British Commonwealth, Dame Hilda Bynoe, who was Governor of Grenada from 1968 to 1974.

Collins is also Professor of Caribbean Literature at the University of Maryland.  She holds a B.A.(English, Spanish, History) from the Mona, Jamaica campus of the University of the West Indies, an M.A. in Latin American Studies and Certificate in Translation (Spanish into English) from Georgetown University in the United States and a Ph.D., Government, from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is also founder of the Maryland-based Carivision Community Theatre, which is presently working on another production of the play Chupucabra, written by the Guyanese Paloma Mohamed.