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Taylor Mali's What Learning Leaves selected for Miami's Bicentennial Summer Reading Program

04/02/2009

Taylor Mali
What Learning Leaves, a collection of poems by Taylor Mali, is Miami University’s Summer Reading Program book for the Bicentennial Celebration year. Mali will be the convocation speaker at 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 21, in Millett Hall.

After convocation, first-year students will discuss the book with faculty, staff and upperclassmen.

Mali is a poet and a teacher who is considered to be the most successful poetry slam strategists of all time. He won the National Poetry Slam competition a record four times and has traveled the globe giving lectures and performing his poetry. Mali has been called a performance poet, but critics say his show is filled with charm and wit. Mali received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001.

Education was chosen as the topic for the summer reading program in celebration of Miami’s Bicentennial.

According to the selection committee, the compelling poems in this book reflect on education from both a student and teacher perspective. The poems will initiate discussion among students about their past school history and what they hope to experience while attending college. These discussions will also help Miami discover who it wants to be as a university for the next 100 years.

For more information or to sign up to be a discussion facilitator visit www.units.muohio.edu/srp. To learn more about Taylor Mali visit his Web site at www.taylormali.com/index.html.

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