The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel's Poetry Thursdays presents Kwoteman aka Thomas J. Tolbert as our featured poet, August 27, at The Midtown Scholar Bookstore.
Tolbert (Kwoteman) was born in D.C., landed in Georgia, became part of a group called Poetic Magic where he was encouraged not only to write, but to recite his work. That's when "Kwoteman" was born.
He began touring throughout Georgia, in Tampa and Orlando eventually through school and, finally, in schools and venues in Pennsylvania.
On Etsy, where his book, "...and so I write" (Poem Sugar Press, 2015) is available-- this description says it all, & very well: Spoken word with sweetness of spirit and honesty of soul characteristic of a true southern gentleman who has made the streets of Pennsylvania equally his domain. From memory reflections and touching family tributes to passionate calls to cultural empowerment and spiritual reflection, this collection is a look into the heart of of a Black man.
"Why do I write," asks Kwoteman, "because, like everyone else I have voice and a story to tell."
The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel hosts Poetry Thursdays, a long-running community reading series, every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:50 pm.
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102 , Phone: 717.236.1680
There are lots of exciting events coming soon, for instance-- check it out!
September 3-- Open poetry reading
September 10-- Shane Tanzymore
September 17- Open poetry reading
September 24-- Joelle Biele