Three eighth-graders and two teachers will share the stage for a poetry reading on Sunday, providing a platform for diverse and marginalized voices in the local arts community.
At 2 p.m. on Jan. 19, five performers will share their poetry through the Emerging Diverse Voices in Orange County performance series. This event will be held at the Burwell School Historic Site. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.
Sunday’s poetry reading is the second event in the series, and it focuses on the work of teachers and students from Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill. Areale Smith, one of the teachers who will perform, said the event will be a valuable experience for both the audience and the performers.
“The most rewarding thing is just knowing that you are engaging in the act of giving,” Smith said. “It’s an exercise in vulnerability, which is something that I think we all should practice.”
In addition to providing a platform for diverse voices, the event is unusual in that it juxtaposes the poetry of students and teachers in the same performance.