Purdue Today

November 7, 2007

Mississippi poet to perform Nov. 8

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Mississippi writer and poet Sterling Plumpp will present his works based on blues and jazz rhythm at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 214, Stewart Center.

Plumpp taught English and African-American studies at the University of Illinois beginning in 1971 until his retirement with emeritus status in December 2001, but he continues to conduct workshops and  to teach part time.
Sterling Plumpp is internationally recognized for his blues and jazz poetry.  He has won numerous awards, including the Carl Sandburg Literary Prize for poetry and the 1999 Richard Wright Literacy Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to literature.

He has published 12 volumes of work, including "Velvet Be Bop Kente Cloth," "Blues Narratives" and "Black Rituals."

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Purdue's Black Cultural Center and is part of the semester-long exploration of "The Myths and Mores that Make up the Blues Tradition."

For more information visit the website: http://www.purdue.edu/bcc/ or call the Black Cultural Center at 49-43092.