Stephen Pitters, host of “Spokane Open Poetry” on the Thin Air Community Radio Station, 88.1/92.3 FM, will share personal memories, readings, songs in honor of Black History Month, Saturday, Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m., in the library Community Room.
His experiences include being the first black student to live on the all-white campus of Centenary College in Shreveport, La., in 1967.
“Some of these experiences were life-threatening and others life-illuminating for myself as well as for those who sought to establish friendships with me,” he said. “I wrote poems about some of these occurrences.”
He will read poems from some of his four titles, available on Amazon and Kindle: “Bridges of Visions,” “Walks Through the Mind,” “Currencies of Life ..Enlisted Behaviors,” and, his most current, “Conversations on Altered Roadways,” the first, of a five -part series. He will also bring songs made from a few poems and visual art pieces that represent other poems.
Pitters holds masters degrees in Clinical Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work, Boston Mass., and the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. He has a Teaching Certificate from Gonzaga University. He taught stress and anger management, couples communication, parenting, and marketing.
Pitters has hosted the “Open Poetry Program” since 2004. He currently produces “Poetry Rising” on the Northside at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Northtown Mall in Spokane.
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