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African American Read-In Monday Marathon

Monday, February 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Titelman Study, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts

The annual African American Read-In Monday Marathon will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona.

This is an open mic event to share excerpts from works of African-American literature in any genre and from any era. The Penn State Altoona and Blair County communities are invited to drop in any time throughout the day to participate or simply listen and enjoy this celebration of African-American literary traditions as part of Black History Month.

Readings and presentations may, but are not required to, fit this year’s theme: African Diaspora Writers in the U.S. Working in the context of the African literary tradition and employing African motifs. Contemporary African authors living and writing in the United States have introduced different voices and dialogues into the larger American experience in their poetry, fiction, memoirs, and dramatic texts. Being African and American at the same time, these writers have a stake in the wellbeing of their homelands, and their hearts continue to be connected to Africa. The event's goal is to explore and celebrate these important contributions to the American literary landscape, in a country where a growing percentage of the Black population is made up of immigrants and at a historical moment when experiences of migration, forcible displacement, and exile are shaping the lives of so many worldwide. Participants may choose to read from the works of any African Diaspora author within our theme, or, as always, any African American, African, or Caribbean author writing in the U.S.

Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Readings and performances as well as special features will take place throughout the day. To learn more or to schedule a time slot to read or perform (individuals as well as groups welcome), visit the African American Read-In site or contact Robin Reese at

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona. Light refreshments will be served.