MAIN STAGE • 4:00 pM - 4:45 pM
GENRE OF MUSIC // POELODIES
BASED OUT OF // POUGHKEEPSIE AND NEWBURGH, NY
Poet Gold: 2014 NYSCA Individual Artist Tier Grant Awardee for Dutchess County, Poet Gold is a rare talent, original, grabs you by the heart and says “Recognize” – Poet, author, performer, song writer, community “Artivist” and speaker, Bettina “Poet Gold” Wilkerson is pushing the boundaries of poetry and the spoken word. A prolific writer and performer whose presence alone quietly stirs a room, she delivers a riveting performance of original prose that inspires, motivates, and enlightens the soul.
Gold, as she is affectionately known as, unabashedly addresses current social issues with poems like “Freedom is a Birthright”, “Don’t Feel Bad for Me”; and she eloquently, imaginatively weaves a poetic thread that connects us all in “Where I Grew Up” and “PO’ keepsie, MY Keepsie”. Poet Gold entertains and makes the audience laugh and cry all in the same breath.
She is the featured poet in the upcoming reality series “26 Mics N 26 Weeks”, and the visionary and Host for “Open Mic in The Valley”, Poughkeepsie, NY and “Newburgh’s Open Mic”- at The Wherehouse in Newburgh, NY. Her book, “When My Soul Speaks, I Scribe…poetry” is available on www.amazon.com. Poet Gold - a progressive artist bound to “Take poetry where poetry is not.”
Keyboards - Michael "Mikeys" Johnson
Congas - Giancarlo Llaverias
Vocals - Sasha Taliaferro