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UB Writers' Poetry, Plays, Memoirs Shine in Emerging Voices Project, May 7 - June 5

Students, Faculty and Alumni Contribute Original Works

May 1, 2014
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

Emerging Voices, a University of Baltimore project showcasing works by campus writers, will take the stage for a sixth season in the Wright Theater, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave., throughout May and early June. The presentations, part of the Spotlight UB live performing arts series, include memoir remembrances, staged readings of plays, and an evening of multimedia poetry. All events are free and open to the public.

All Emerging Voices performances will take place at 7 p.m. The audience is encouraged to engage in dialogue with the authors after each performance.

This year's Emerging Voices selections are:

  • Wednesday, May 7: Spring Story Slam, a series of character-driven memoir monologues in the tradition of Baltimore Stoop Stories. A mix of graduate and undergraduate writing students will perform poignant and funny tales of family, secrets and first loves, which they created in Prof. Marion Winik's Oral Storytelling class. The results are part of the ongoing efforts by UB's Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences to meld curriculum with performance.
  • Thursday, May 22: Creative writing graduate student and local activist Ron Kipling Williams presents his one-man show, Dreadlocks, Rock ‘n Roll and Human Rights, an integrated arts mash-up of music, video, poetry and visual arts.
  • Thursday, May 29: Soldier Stories, featuring UB veterans sharing their military memoirs, curated by UB Coordinator of Veterans and Military Student Services and M.F.A. Creative Writing candidate Anthony Moll.
  • Thursday, June 5: Playwrights Lab, short and intense plays by UB students and faculty, including student Angela Akes's Elina's Story about the survivor of a Baltimore drug bust, and faculty member Stephen Matanle's brutal crime play, Too Bad. Directed by Spotlight UB's Theater and Arts Manager Kimberley Lynne, the plays feature a mix of local and campus actors.

Emerging Voices themes are intended for adult audiences.

Details about Spotlight UB are available here. For more information about the series, send an e-mail to spotlightub@ubalt.edu.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.