OAK PARK — Master Barber and Beauty Shop and Nickel n’a Nail will host it “Second Annual Evening with Dr. Eugene B. Redmond” at the Brickhouse Art Gallery in Oak Park on Friday, July 12.
The event starts at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are $7 (advance), $5 (senior and student), and $10 (at the door). Dr. Redmond will celebrate the release of his latest book, “ARKANSIPPI MEMWARS: Poetry, Prose & Chants 1962-2012.”
Eugene B. Redmond was named Poet Laureate of East St. Louis (Illinois) in 1976, the year Doubleday Publishing Co. released his best selling book, Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry.
Earlier, he spent two years (1967-69) as Teacher-Counselor and Poet-in-Residence at Southern Illinois University’s Experiment in Higher Education (ESL) where he taught with Katherine Dunham. Dr. Redmond had the privilege to teach at Sacramento State University for 16 years.
The author and editor of 25 volumes of poetry, collections of diverse writings, plays for stage and TV, and posthumously published works of Henry Dumas; Dr. Redmond read a poem at Maya Angelou’s 70th birthday gala (1998) hosted by Oprah Winfrey.
The event at the Brickhouse Art Gallery will also feature special guest Charles Curtis Blackwell, Straight Out of Scribes, Vincent Kobelt, Lawrence ‘NSAA’ Dinkins Jr., and ISSA. Local spoken-words artist HurriKane Da Poet will serve as the emcee for the evening. The night will end with a Q-and-A session and book signing.
For advance ticket information, call (916) 226-7099 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Brickhouse Art Gallery is at 2837 36th Street. The art gallery’s number is (916) 457-8708.
By Antonio R. Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer