Spoken & Heard – Scott Woods
May 24, 2018
Join us for our third Spoken & Heard in the Sauber Gallery featuring poet Scott Woods.
Woods emcees the Writers’ Block Poetry Night, an open mic series in Columbus, Ohio. Woods curated a month-long series entitled “Holler,” that highlighted nearly 100 black artists at various music, dance, visual arts and spoken-word events across the city – thirty events, thirty nights in a row. Woods is the recipient of the 2017 Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award. In April of 2006 he became the first poet to ever complete a 24-hour solo poetry reading, a feat he bested seven more times without repeating a single poem.
To read more about Scott, visit his website at www.scottwoodswrites.net.
Opening poet– Ivars Balkits
Ivars Balkits has published prose and poetry in many online literary journals and print anthologies. He was recipient of a 1999 Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry and a 2014 Individual Excellence Award in creative nonfiction, both from the Ohio Arts Council. He has written and performed monologues on labor history and coal mining in southeast Ohio, two of which are titled: “Albert Guess: Terror of the Valley” and “Richard L. Davis: Rendville Labor Organizer.” He also authored a full-length play featuring the 19th century industrial union known as The Noble & Holy Order of the Knights of Labor, and a one-act play titled “Spirit Band of Mount Nebo,” the latter of which was selected for the 2013 Hodge Podge Reading Series at Arts/West in Athens, Ohio.