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Poetry/Storytelling Open Mic Night series to continue at the Cultural Center on Nov. 16 2006

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will continue its Poetry/Storytelling Open Mic Night series on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The series features Peter Kosky of South Charleston as host and a guest poet/storyteller each session. The November program will feature storyteller Suzanne Tewawina of Winfield. The Poetry/Storytelling Open Mic Night series is free and open to the public.

New and established writers are invited come and share their poetry and storytelling talents at the open mic sessions. Kosky, a history teacher at South Charleston High School and a talented singer/songwriter, will introduce all participants. The open mic session is limited to one hour; the guest artists will begin their shows shortly after the last poem/story has been read, whether or not the hour is over.

Tewawina is a member of the Hopi-Navajo/Nez Perce tribe and grew up on the Hopi/Navajo reservation in Arizona. She teaches art and works with children in the third base after-school program, No Child Left Behind. She also conducts diversity workshops and in-house school presentations including storytelling, Native American history, music and art. Tewawina has developed a living history program in which she portrays Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who accompanied the Corps of Discovery with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

For more information about the Poetry/Storytelling Open Mic Night series, call (304) 558-0162.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Media Note: Suzanne Tewawina can be reached at (304) 586-2923.

Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Phone (304) 558-0220
Fax (304) 558-2779