YOUNGSTOWN - African-American poet Tim Seibles will conduct a public reading 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 28 at the annual ACTION Fellowship Breakfast at St. Edward Catholic Church, 240 Tod Lane.
In a program co-sponsored by the faith-based organizing group ACTION and the nonprofit Etruscan Press, Seibles will read excerpts from his recent book, "One Turn Around the Sun," a collection of poems.
The current poet laureate of Virginia, Seibles is the author of seven books of poetry and has won recognition for dramatic readings of his streetwise and syncopated poems.
He is a National Book Award finalist and Theodore Roethke Prize Winner, as well as a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
As an outreach poet of the Etruscan Press, Seibles will visit four public schools during his stay in the Youngstown area. He will be joined by outreach novelist Lynn Lurie, author of "Quick Kills" and "Corner of the Dead."
The nonprofit literary press is directed by Dr. Philip Brady, a professor at the Youngstown State University English Department.
The program will conclude a weeklong commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which the United Nations proclaimed in 1966 to memorialize the Sharpsville massacre, in which 59 people were killed and hundreds injured while demonstrating against South Africa's Apartheid regime March 21, 1960.
The program will be hosted by Monsignor Robert Siffrin, pastor of St. Edward Church.