PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project, in collaboration with Vermont Academy, The Putney School and Landmark College, present slam poet Taylor Mali on Friday at 7:30 p.m., in a performance to benefit community non-profit Next Stage Arts.
Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. A dynamic poet, performance artist and author, Taylor Mali is described by the New York Times as "a ranting comic showman and literary provocateur." A middle school teacher for nine years prior to becoming a full time writer and global performer, Mali’s work focuses on the important role teachers play in society, and his YouTube clip "What Teachers Make" has been widely cited in the press and viewed more than four million times.
Mali is the former president of Poetry Slam, Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America. He is also the author most recently of "What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World" (Putnam 2012), as well as two books of poetry, "The Last Time As We Are" (Write Bloody Books 2009) and "What Learning Leaves" (Hanover 2002).
He received a New York Foundation
Mali will sign copies of his books which will be available for purchase at the Next Stage performance.
Next Stage Arts Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. Visit www.nextstagearts.org.