PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Feb. 13, 2004
Performance honors work of poet, activist
DEARBORN---Three actresses and a musician will combine music and choreographed
movement with the poetry of scholar and activist Gloria House during "Praisesong
for Gloria House" at 6 p.m. March 8 in Lecture Hall B of the Social
Sciences Building (formerly the School of Management Building) on
the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus.
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is a collaboration
of UM-Dearborn's African and
African American Studies Program, the Commission
for Women and the Women's
Studies Program's "Composing a Life" series. The event is
supported through the King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professor Initiative
administered by the Office of the Provost.
The performance was conceived and is directed by acclaimed playwright
Ron Milner, and will feature actresses Nkenge Zola, Jara McKinney and
Judy Milner along with bassist Marion Hayden.
House, who writes under the name Aneb Kgositsile, is a visiting professor
of humanities at UM-Dearborn this year.
"I've long admired Aneb's work, thought of it as world-class, and
believe that she's been overlooked long enough as both an activist and
a poet," according to Ron Milner.
Following the March 8 performance, the audience can interact with House,
Milner and the cast during a reception and question and answer session.
"We are honored that we can collaborate with the Women's Studies
Program and its 'Composing A Life' series to showcase this exciting work,"
said humanities Prof. Deborah Smith Pollard, director of the African and
African American Studies Program. "'Praisesong for Gloria House'
mirrors what the series was created to do each year: it celebrates a multifaceted
woman, in this case a scholar, teacher and poet, whose work in all of
these fields has been exemplary."
House is a writer-in-residence at the University of Detroit Mercy's Dudley
Randall Center for Print Culture. She is professor emerita at Wayne State
University and has taught at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg,
South Africa. She also is a former copy editor for the Detroit Free
She has published two books of poetry--Rainrituals and Blood
River: Poems 1964-1983. Shrines, her latest collection, will
be released this year.
For more information about the event, contact Pollard at (313) 593-1391.