Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Medgar Evers College (MEC), welcomed the very distinguished poet and performance artist, Ursula Rucker, to campus.
Dr. Brenda Greene, Chairperson of the MEC Department of English, gave a few remarks to open the event and introduced Dr. Todd Craig, an Assistant Professor in the English Department. Dr. Craig introduced Ms. Rucker, recalling something she said to him when he first interviewed Rucker. She declared, “My job as a writer is not to make you feel comfortable, my job as a writer is to simply tell the truth.” Dr. Craig also announced that the English Department is starting an online student literary journal, the first of which, Rucker will serve as curator. Each succeeding journal will also have a carefully selected curator who will review student submissions and offer a few words about the importance of the selections. The title of the first journal is Medgar Evers College: Unlocking a Legacy. The deadline for submissions of poems, stories, spoken word and other works is due on April 1st.
At the February 26th event, Rucker performed some of her poetry and spoke to the audience about the power of words, stating, “Language is amazing. You can convey so much and you can do so much harm and good with language.” Rucker performed her poems For Women, which was inspired by Nina Simone’s Four Women; So What; The Return to Innocence Lost; Mook; and Call to Axiom. The performance was followed by a spirited question and answer session.
For more information about the online student literary journal, contact Dr. Todd Craig at email@example.com.