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Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum: 2017 - Taylor Mali

Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum Spring 2017

Sponsored by the Ulster Community College Foundation, The Poetry Forum is an annual event which brings well-known and award-winning poets to SUNY Ulster for intimate question and answer sessions, as well as a special reading of their poetry. In 2007, the program was renamed the Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum to honor the memory of Ellen Robbins (1952-2006) who was on the faculty at SUNY Ulster from 1994 until 2006, and Chair of the English department, 2002-2006.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

10:15 - 11:30
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

Moderated by Lisa Bullard, SUNY Ulster Professor of English


New York City performance poet Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” He is a four-time National Poetry Slam champion and the author of four books, including “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World.”

Since 1998, over one thousand people have become teachers after reading or listening to Taylor Mali’s passionate poems about his experiences teaching middle school, high school, and college. To mark the achievement, he donated 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society.


Previous Poets include: Aja Monet, Tina Chang, Richard Blanco, Jorie Graham, Michael Dickman, Ted Kooser, Charles Simic, Naomi Shihab Nye, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jane Hirshfield, Michael McClure, Marge Piercy, Kenneth Koch, Robert Creeley, Robert Bly, Galway Kinnell, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Carolyn Forché, Sharon Olds