Writing on the Wall: Poetry Reading with Neil Callender
DATE & TIME:
Sunday, October 16, 2015; 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Reading Q&A and community reception
Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville, MA
Readings by Neil Callender, born in Brooklyn to a mother who was a native New Yorker and a father who was an immigrant from Panama, was raised in the suburbs of Long Island. He moved to New England to attend Brown University and has never left, moving to Boston in 1989. In college and beyond, he became involved in student politics, the anti-apartheid movement, the movement against the Persian Gulf war, clinic defense, and other social movements. Neil worked in the airline industry for fourteen years and was a member of the International Association of Machinists. Drawn to the open mic and poetry slam of the Cantab in Cambridge under the leadership of the award-winning poet, Patricia Smith, he eventually pursued an MFA in Poetry at Vermont College in Montpelier.
Beginning in 2006, he has taught at Roxbury Community College. He is a member of the Liberation Poets Collective and is published in both of its anthologies to date, Poets Against the Killing Fields and Liberation Poetry: An Anthology. He is a proud father of three: a teen, a tween, and a toddler.
This event is part of the Learn to Talk social justice series hosted by the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church in partnership with the Nave Gallery, and is part of the Wall to Wall: Art Builds Community art exhibition.
Once a year, the Nave Gallery collaborates with the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church to create a social justice gallery show, underscoring the assertion that art is a vehicle through which conversations on social change can be held, compelling people to action.