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The People's State of the Union—2015 Poetic Address to the Nation at Bowery Poetry

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The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture presented The People's State of the Union—2015 Poetic Address to the Nation livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 1 February at 6:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 23:30 GMT (London). Livestreaming by CultureHub at Bowery Poetry in New York City. Watch the livestream here.

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Once a year, the U.S. President delivers the State of the Union address, a speech meant to highlight important national issues from the past year and suggest priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But what if, once a year, we could all speak and listen to each other? What if We the People reflected in our own communities on the condition of our culture and the state of our union locally, nationally, globally? What if the annual State of the Union was not a speech spoken by one, but a poem created by many?

The People's State of the Union is just that. From January 23-30, 2015, individuals in more than 150 communities across the country hosted "story circle" events, inviting neighbors to reflect on the current state of our union. Scribes from each event (and individuals anywhere) could upload stories online through the USDAC site. Inspired by these stories, a diverse group of poets from across the U.S. came together to co-create the "2015 Poetic Address to the Nation," as a poem to be performed and broadcast live from the Bowery Poetry Club on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
Join us for the culmination of the first-ever People's State of the Union.
Participating Poets:
David Acevedo, Jennifer Bartlett, Mahogany Browne, Cyd Charisse Fulton, Reg E Gaines, Jessica Hagedorn, Joy Harjo, Bob Holman, Paolo Javier, E Ethebert Miller, Nikhil Melnechuk, Stephen Motika, Marilyn Nelson, Margaret Randall, Luis Rodriguez, Tahani Salah, Judith Santopietro, Ed Sanders, Tanaya Winder, Yolanda Wisher
Devin Brahja Waldman—sax
Shayna Dulberger—bass
Alexis Marcelo—piano
Warren Smith—drums
A project by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture—the nation's newest people-powered department dedicated to cultivating empathy, equity, and social imagination. www.usdac.us. In partnership with Bowery Arts + Science.


About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected], or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archiveof past events.

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