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Poet Phyllis McEwen to perform at the Lakeland Public Library on April 25, 2012

The Lakeland Public Library System will host performance artist and poet Phyllis McEwen on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m in the Main Library (100 Lake Morton Drive). 

Phyllis McEwen is a poet, Chautauqua scholar who portrays Zora Neale Hurston for the Florida Humanities Council, performance artist, librarian for Tampa Hillsborough County Public Library System and instructor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida.

Ms. McEwen co-founded of the Black Madonna Artists Collective and has been artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Colony for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach and Escape to Create in Seaside.  She is currently a member of Cave Canem, a North American Black poets' colony founded by Toi Derricotte.  She is author ofHystery and Other Tools for Women (American Studies Press, 1983).  Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry and is featured on the CD, Poets of Tampa Bay (Xeximian, 2000).

The programs and events at the Lakeland Public Library are free and open to the public.  There are no reservations for performances at Lakeland Public Library.  It is open seating. Doors open 10 -15 minutes before the program begins.  For more information, call Brenda J. Patterson at 863-834-4276 or send e-mail to

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