A poet, blogger, educator and cultural facilitator, Michelle R. Smith
has recently been a featured poet and panelist at the Coast Line Poetry Series at Lakewood Public Library, the Ekphrastic Poetry Invitational at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Great Lakes Black Authors Expo and Writers Conference.
Earlier today, she announced that she’ll bring her annual artist showcase, Blax Museum, back to the East Cleveland Public Library
on Feb. 2.
The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Greg L. Reese Performing Arts Center. It will feature black artists from Northeast Ohio who'll give original presentations and performances.
This year, Blax Museum will honor James Baldwin, Frederick Douglass, George Clinton, Nikki Giovanni, Billie Holiday, bell hooks, Alberta Williams King (mother of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Eartha Kitt, Audre Lorde, Gordon Parks, Richard Pryor, Paul Robeson, Assata Shakur, Ntozake Shange and Nancy Wilson.
The artists featured in this year’s event include activist and poet Alana Belle, poet and community activist Jamie Nyennoh Konmlan Keaton, writer and educator Rosary Kennedy, performance poet and singer Robb “Frostbyte” King, singer and songwriter Donnie Lynee, singer and multimedia artist Maita Morne, painter and rapper James Quarles/Jungle of Muamin Collective, writer and rapper Josiah Quarles/Zion of Muamin Collective, writer and photographer Vince Robinson, writer and performance consultant Staci Jordan Shelton, professor and writer Dr. Brenda R. Smith, composer and guitarist Eriq Troi, writer and nonprofit coordinator RA Washington, and social worker and community organizer Samantha Williams-Pierce.
Smith will participate as well.