Reception and Banquet
Dr. April Logan
1101 Camden Ave.
Salisbury, MD 21801
Conference Reception Reader:
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
She holds a Ph.D. in English from
In all of her work, Myers is dedicated to raising
awareness about social injustices and building positive
relationships across communities.
poetry group, Yellow Rage, was featured on the first
season of the critically-acclaimed HBO television series
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
Banquet Reader: Merle Collins
Collins, who is Grenadian, is a writer of poetry and
She has published two
and The Colour of
Forgetting, two collections of short stories,
The Ladies are
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
Her most recent
publication, published by Peepal Tree Press this year
(2013), is a biography entitled
The Governor’s Story:
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
which is presently working on another production of the
written by the Guyanese Paloma Mohamed.