WAMFEST 2012 Closes with Poet Quincy Troupe and Hip-Hop Artist Talib Kweli

Madison, N.J. (April 2, 2012)—Fairleigh Dickinson University’s WAMFEST 2012 will wrap up this year’s series with a much anticipated closing that will feature poet Quincy Troupe and hip-hop artist Talib Kweli on Thursday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall. Troupe and Kweli will be in conversation with WAMFEST artist in residence and FDU visiting writer, Wesley Stace (also known as John Wesley Harding) and fellow FDU professor and celebrated author Jeffrey Reynard Allen. This event is free and open to the public.

Troupe is an award-winning author of eight volumes of poetry, three children’s books and six nonfiction works. In 2010 he received the American Book Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. Among his best-selling works are “Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis” and his memoir, “Miles & Me,” which details his close friendship with legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. Troupe also co-authored Chris Gardner’s memoir, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which later became a major motion picture and was a New York Times bestseller for over 40 weeks. His other works are “The Architecture of Language,” “Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems,” “Errançities,” and “Hallelujah: The Story of Ray Charles.” 

For over 15 years, Kweli has been a force in New York’s hip-hop scene. Kweli collaborated with artist Mos Def on the 1998 album “Black Star.” On the album “Train of Thought,” Kweli teamed up with Hi Tek to form Reflection Eternal, a virtuoso hip-hop duo. In 2007, Kweli and DJ/Producer/MC Madlib released the album, “Liberation,” which was originally released free on the Internet. Performing all over the world Kweli has worked with artists as diverse as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, MF Doom, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, Common, Nelly, The Roots, Gucci Mane, Norah Jones, KRS-One and many more. Kweli’s latest album, “Gutter Rainbows,” released Jan. 2011, is a tribute to his childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y.

WAMFEST is an annual series hosted by FDU’s Becton College and the Creative Writing Program that brings successful artists of various genres to the Madison campus to inspire and inform students who hope to one day follow in these artists’ creative footsteps. WAMFEST is an ongoing celebration and exploration of the relationship between creative writing and the popular arts; it brings together artists from various fields for unique conversations, collaborations, and performances. Recent guests have included, among many others, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Rosanne Cash, Paul Muldoon, and Eugene Mirman. WAMFEST has recently been singled out for recognition of its groundbreaking programming by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Other WAMFEST 2012 events for the week of April 16 feature author Michael Gray on “Bob Dylan & the Poetry of Blues” on April 17 at 5:30 p.m., and Poet Laureate of South Africa Keorapetse Kgositsile on April 18 at 2 p.m. Admission to WAMFEST 2012 is free; however, due to space limitations, reservations are recommended. For more information, visit WAMFEST’s blog at http://wamfest.wordpress.com or contact David Daniel at ddaniel@fdu.edu. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.

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