Every year we celebrate poetry and the spoken word. SCAASI holds several poetry contest open to faculty and students.

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Feature Poet

Dr. Leonard Slade

New Your State University-Albany

Click to listen to an excerpt from Dr. Slade’s speech at the 2016 conference Board Members Luncheon

Langston Hughes 

What happens to a dream deferred?

 Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?

      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.

      Or does it explode?

Source: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Random House Inc., 1990)
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Slade’s books of poetry include: Nobody Knows (2015); God Put a Rainbow in the Sky (2014); Chasing the Wind (2012); Sweet Solitude (2010); Triumph (2010); Jazz After Dinner (2006); For the Love of Freedom (2000); Elisabeth (1999); Lilacs in Spring (1998); Neglecting the Flowers (1997); Fire Burning (1996); Pure Light (1996); Magic Mirror (1996); Vintage (1995); The Whipping Song (1993); I Fly Like a Bird (1992); Another Black Voice, a Different Drummer (1988); and The Beauty of Blackness (1988).

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