SCF Venice Creative Writing Clubs to Host Taylor Mali

(Bradenton, Fla., March 24, 2011) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a performance by well-known poet Taylor Mali from noon - 1 p.m., Monday, April 4, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, Selby Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Mali, a spoken word and voice-over artist, performs and presents workshops throughout the United States to students and teachers. As a former teacher, Mali is an advocate for the teaching profession with a goal of inspiring 1,000 people to become new teachers. Mali is the former president of Poetry Slam Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the art of spoken word and overseeing poetry slams in North America.

He has appeared on the HBO series “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” and Paul Devlin’s 1997 documentary film, “SlamNation.” Mali is the author of four spoken word CDs and two poetry books “The Last Time As We Are” and “What Learning Leaves.” He also was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to create a one-man poetry show, “Teacher! Teacher!”

The event is sponsored by Swamp Scribes, the creative writing club at SCF Venice, and Elektraphrog, an online literary magazine produced by students at SCF Venice.

For more information, call Matthew Masucci, club adviser, at 941-408-1500 or  Maps and directions are online at

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