The Department of English and Foreign Languages, in conjunction with Alabama 200, presents Alabama poet Jeanie Thompson, the author of The Myth of Water. The reading will take place on October 29, 2019, at the Moran Hall auditorium on the campus of Oakwood University. The reading begins at 7:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
The University of Alabama Press affirms Thompson’s impressive collection: “The Myth of Water is a cycle of 34 poems by award-winning Alabama poet and writer Jeanie Thompson in the voice of world-renowned Alabamian Helen Keller. In their sweep, the poems trace Keller’s metamorphosis from a native of a bucolic Alabama town to her emergence as a beloved, international figure who championed the rights of the deaf-blind worldwide.
The poems in The Myth of Water reveal the discerning subtlety, resiliency, and complexity of the person Thompson perceives Helen Keller to have been. Through a combination of natural intuition, manual signs, Braille alphabets, and lip-reading, Keller came to grasp the revolving tapestry of the seasons and the infinite colors of human relationships.”
The reading is being co-sponsored by Alabama 200 in celebration of the Alabama bicentennial.
The scholarship is being established at Oakwood University in memory of George Floyd and to honor his life by supporting students pursuing higher education in preparation for a life of service. To donate to this fund visit https://give.oakwood.edu/george-floyd-memorial-scholarship/ .