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Thursday, April 12th, 2012
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NWF State College Celebrates Poetry Month with Taylor Mali Reading and More

Northwest Florida State College celebrates National Poetry Month with its annual literary event series, NWFSC Reads. This year’s NWFSC Reads keynote event is April 17 and features Taylor Mali.

Mali is a renowned spoken-word artist and the author of What Teachers Make (2012). Mali will read and discuss his work starting at 7 p.m. in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. A reception and unveiling of the college’s literary journal, the Blackwater Review, will be held immediately prior to the poetry reading starting at 6 p.m. in the McIlroy Art Gallery.

Other NWFSC Reads events are scheduled for April 12-18 and will feature NWFSC professors and students. All events are FREE and open to both students and the public. Seating is limited.

Mali is one of the most well known poets to have emerged from the “slam” movement. He is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having spent nine years in the classroom himself. Mali has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his New Teacher Project ( has a goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through “poetry, persuasion and perseverance.”

He is the author of three books of poetry— The Last Time As We Are (2009), What Learning Leaves (2002), and What Teachers Make (2012)—and four spoken-word CDs. Mali received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop Teacher! Teacher!, a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math that won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival. Mali formerly served as president of Poetry Slam, Inc., the nonprofit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America.

Visit for more information, or contact Dr. Deidre Price at or (850) 863- 6521.