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UHD Hosts Kick-Off Celebration for 100,000 Poets for Change

UHD kicked off the national 100,000 Poets for Change celebration this week with a memorable night of poetry readings, on-site painting and interpretive music for students, faculty, staff and the Houston community.

Hosted by award-winning poet Robin Davidson, associate professor of English at UHD, and Student Government Association representative John Locke, the event provided poets with the opportunity to read their own work addressing a variety of important political and social issues.

"The UHD reading celebrated the inherent potential of art to make a difference in our world. The arts - whether literary, visual, musical - are informed by empathy," said Davidson. "They have the power to transform us, both individually and culturally, to bring us closer to our humanity and to the possibilities for compassion and intercultural understanding. In particular 100,000 Poets for Change offers a venue for practicing artists across the globe to speak forcefully on behalf of human rights and to serve as ambassadors for peace in their communities."

Davidson, Jane Creighton, Brad Hoge and Lisa Morano were among the UHD faculty members who read their original poetry. Several other poets from the Greater Houston area - including the "Fabulous Billie Duncan Day," a celebrated writer, musician and performer - also contributed to the event.

As the writers shared their poetry, artists from UHD's Creative Collective - led by students Quentin Pace and Michael Martin - created four paintings, which they donated to UHD following the event. UHD student musicians, led by Perla Clara Ramirez, also provided a melodic backdrop for the celebration.

"This was an amazing opportunity to engage UHD with the Houston community and the world," said Locke. "The poems, art work and music were very inspirational and the event incorporated high-impact learning for the students at UHD. We all want change. I think tonight we learned that, when we change ourselves and strive to be the best people we can be, this can translate into change across the globe."

Houston will host additional events Sept. 28 in celebration of 100,000 Poets for Change at the following locations:

  • Coffee Oasis in Seabrook - 11:30 a.m.
  • Houston Community College-Central - 1:30 p.m.
  • Bay Area Park in Webster - 2 p.m.
  • University of St. Thomas Poetry - 5 p.m.
  • University of St. Thomas Film - 7 p.m.
  • Starving Artist Gallery - 7 p.m.

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