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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (March 7, 2024) – To commemorate Women's History Month, three spoken word artists are slated to share their works and experiences as part of the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Community Connections Performance and Lecture Series.

The event, “Don’t Touch My Pen: Continuing the Tradition of Women’s Poetic Voices," is Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center. “Don’t Touch My Pen: Continuing the Tradition of Women’s Poetic Voices” will feature North Carolina poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green, poetry slam champion Ayanna Albertson and professional spoken word artist and Piedmont poet laureate Dasan Ahanu. Admission is free but registration is required on the event site. 

Because March is Women’s History Month, organizers are hopeful this multi-generational experience speaks to the importance of the female voice, influence, and legacy.

“These experiences center women’s contributions to the arts and keep the historical impacts women continue to make at the forefront, while allowing our students to see professional artists right here on campus,” said Nichole Lewis, ECSU interim associate vice chancellor of Student, Alumni, and Constituent Engagement.

Community Connections events are sponsored and supported by a combination of ECSU student fees, title sponsorship from Microsoft, First Citizens Wealth Management, Duke Energy Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations from Trustee Phyllis Bosomworth.

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What: “Don’t Touch My Pen: Continuing the Tradition of Women’s Poetic Voices,” Community Connections Performance and Lecture Series

Who: Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina poet laureate; Dasan Ahanu, Piedmont poet laureate and professional spoken word artist, and; Ayanna Albertson, poetry slam champion.

When: Thursday, March 28, 2024, 7 p.m.  

Where: Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center


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