Playing Poetry on the Typewriter
Poetry is its own music, but what are its instruments? A typewriter is the percussion instrument of poetry's music. Keep a beat. Measure your own time. Join us at an actual typewriter and make a verse for the ages or just a poem for your pocket.
Clarence is Association Director at the East Side Freedom Library. He is a writer, editor, typewriter poet, and arts organizer and administrator. He has worked for a wide range of organizations including the National Farmers Union (working in media in their Washington, DC Capitol hill office) the Minnesota State Senate, several nonprofits in the arts, community development, public policy and media, including the Minneapolis Urban League, the Twin Cities Daily Planet (news), Nonviolent Peaceforce (international civil society organization) and the Saint Paul Almanac, and as a bookseller with the Hungry Mind Bookstore. He taught management and organizational behavior at Metropolitan State University and North Hennepin Technical College. His publications are included in several editions of the Saint Paul Almanac, Suisun Valley Review, Public Art Review and the anthology Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. He is a past Givens Foundation Retreat Fellow and was a finalist for mnartists.org‘s flash fiction contest miniStories. He is intrigued by baseball stories and how they are vivid touch points for American history. In his first paycheck job, he was a Teamster. He lives in Saint Paul.