Day of Poetry

Pitt Titusville is pleased to host the annual Day of Poetry coming to campus this April. April, National Poetry Month, marks the annual event and features poetry written and read by local elementary, middle, and high school students as well as works from the students at Pitt-Titusville. The guest poet this year is Erie County Poet Laureate Cee Williams.

This year’s Day of Poetry will take place on Thursday, April 9 in the Haskell Auditorium on the Oitt-Titusville campus. Public events include Pitt-Titusville student, faculty, and staff poetry readings and performances at 3:00 p.m., a poetry workshop lead by Cee Williams at 3:30 p.m., and an awards ceremony recognizing the works and talents of local students at 6:30 p.m.

Cee Williams is a poet/spoken word artist residing in Erie, Pennsylvania, and the author of three chapbook- length collections of poetry, Bus Riders in the Storm (Crisis Chronicles Press 2013), My America -9 Poems for Sister Lucille (Crisis Chronicles Press 2013), and 12 Poems (Crisis Chronicles Press)Williams is a two time finalist for the Erie County Poet Laureate Award (2010, 2012)He was a recipient of a 2014 Chautauqua Writers Grant and received the 2011 Erie Metropolitan Yellow Pages Award for Business Innovation.

In 2010, Williams founded Poets' Hall and Poets' Hall Press, both non-profit endeavors which he operates nearby his alma mater, East High School. Williams is an avid fisherman and award winning gardener, his vegetable garden having recently been recognized as "Best Vegetable Garden" by the Bayfront East Side Task Force's 2014 Neighborhood Beautification Awards Committee. His poetry has been showcased in Bathtub Gin, Traveling Poet, Nostrovia Poetry, Walking is Still Honest Press, and in The Voices of Erie County Anthology, edited by 2009 Erie County Poet Laureate Berwyn Moore.

As part of the Day of Poetry, Williams will read some of his original works, share his writing process, and lead students and community members through a poetry workshop.

Please consider being a part of this year's event or attending some part of it. It was a great success last spring which had students read original works, community members participate, and faculty share their favorite poems. Please consider sharing your creativity and talents with the Pitt-Titusville community. If you are interested in participating please contact Meredith Kenyon at mkenyon@pitt.edu.

This event is made possible through partnerships with the Titusville schools, The Titusville Council on the Arts, and The University of Pittsburgh – Titusville.