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2010 Urban Sites Network Conference

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2010 Urban Sites Network Conference

Writing Across the Margins: Illuminating Urban Voices

April 23–24, 2010

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Portland, Oregon
Host site: Oregon WP at Lewis and Clark College

The Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College proudly serves as your host for the 2010 Urban Sites Network Conference, "Writing Across the Margins: Illuminating Urban Voices." We invite educators from across the country to explore how writing can help all students find voices that lead to personal growth, a love of writing, and social change.

Keynote Speaker

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith was a 2008 National Book Award Finalist for her fifth book of poetry, Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press), which chronicles the human, emotional, and physical toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina. With four National Poetry Slam individual championship titles, Patricia is the most successful slammer in the competition's history—and arguably the world's best spoken word performer. Her honors include the National Poetry Series award, a Pushcart Prize, and the first-ever Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. Her books include the National Poetry Series winner Teahouse of the Almighty; Big Towns, Big Talk; the children's book Janna and the Kings; and the history book Africans in America.

Whether read or heard, Patricia Smith's unparalleled voice sparkles on the page, on the stage, and in the classroom. A sought-after speaker, inspiring teacher, and experienced leader of workshops and residencies, Patricia crafts innovative classes in writing and performance for squirming first-graders, seasoned slammers, soccer moms, prisoners, surly preteens, and college students—and now the National Writing Project. Patricia's voice has been everywhere; now it's coming to Portland. Let her words change your life.

For more, read Patricia Smith: Exploring Life Through the Poetry of Personas.

Conference Highlights

» Friday
  • Visits to local schools and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Digital Literacy Across the Margins: A Pre-Conference Workshop sponsored by the Technology Liaisons Network (TLN)
  • Two writing marathon strands: One on bicycles and one on foot and trolley
  • Walking and writing tour of the Oregon Nikkei Center and a historical look at the Japanese Internment in Oregon
  • Evening reception
  • Dinner and local entertainment
  • Open Mic Night—bring your writing
» Saturday
  • Keynote speaker Patricia Smith—writer, performer, teacher, poet
  • Interactive, engaging workshops to inspire, illuminate, and deepen the teaching of writing in all its forms
  • Breakfast and lunch buffets
  • Book vendors
  • Annual Urban Sites Network Town Meeting

Downloadable Files

2010 USN Conference Program
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Registration Information and Form
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