Xavier University Faculty and Alum at The Poet Speaks

February 17, 2009


On March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Xavier University music professor Kaleel Skeirik will perform in An Evening of Poetry & Music, part of“Poetry Readings at Hayner” at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main Street in Troy, OH. Cincinnatian Pauletta Hansel will join him to read her poetry.
Skeirik has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in piano performance and a Ph.D. in music theory from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. For many years, he toured as a pianist, often performing his own solo piano works. In 2001, he composed Caribbean Voyage: Suite for Orchestra and Pans and Calaballa (for orchestra and steel drums with audience participation) for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Clark Montessori Steel Drum Band. He has been commissioned many times to create multi-media work on issues of social justice and spirituality. A work in progress supported by a John Grissmer Performing Arts Grant, is an experimental work that integrates microtonality, drama, painting, and choral singing with computer-assisted temperaments. He has received several John Grissmer Performing Arts Grants, Xavier University faculty research grants, and a U.S. government/Sister Cities grant.
On April 2 at 7:30 p.m., Michael Henson will read from his books. Henson was born and raised in Sidney, Ohio and holds degrees from Xavier University and the University of Chicago. His work includes a book of stories, a novel, and two books of poetry. His most recent work is Crow Call, a book of poems written in response to the murder of a friend, the homeless activist Buddy Gray.  “Hammered,” his column on poverty and addiction is published monthly by StreetVibes, the newspaper of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Elissa Pogue.
Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.troyhayner.org or call 937-339-0457.