Poetry in the White House!

Who woulda useda thunkit? Things really are looking brighter, in places.

From the White House blog:

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Poetry, Music and Spoken Word

Tonight, the President and the First Lady will host an evening celebrating poetry, music and the spoken word. This event is designed around the theme of dialogue, showing how dialogue is important in every aspect of who we are as Americans and as human beings, and demonstrating how communication is a constant throughout the ages. The hope is also that this evening's gathering helps ensure that all voices are heard, particularly voices that are often not heard. We are fortunate to have a wide variety of upcoming and legendary performers such as Joshua Bennett, James Earl Jones, Eric Lewis, Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Mayda Del Valle and Esperanza Spalding.

We have invited students from American, Galludet, Georgetown, and Howard Universities to participate in the event. And of course we also invite you to join us, as we're streaming the event live at 7pm on WhiteHouse.gov/live.

For anyone who might be interested, Saul Williams is there somewhere. Check out his updates tonight on twitter: @SaulWilliams

(Here's a fun one I saw a little while ago: SaulWilliams They're playing Nina Simone in the white house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! )

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