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North Carolina Reading Association
52nd Annual North Carolina Reading Conference
March 26-28, 2023
Benton Convention Center 
Winston-Salem, NC
Your VOICE matters! Celebrating LITERACY!
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Monday, March 27 • 4:20pm - 5:45pm
"Paper Thin" Open Mic with Dasan Ahanu

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A paper-thin open mic requires that participants read a work in progress from paper. No phones. No devices.
This allows artists and authors to share pieces that may be in a first draft or nearing completion. Conference participants are encouraged to sign up to share during this time. Folks can also attend writing workshop sessions that are scheduled throughout Monday with DJ Rogers, Ayanna Albertson, and Annette Saunook Clapsaddle to generate, revise, and polish possible works for the open mic.

Special Guests: Charly Lowry, DJ Rogers, Ayanna Albertson, El'Ja Bowens

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Dasan Ahanu

owner, Dasan Ahanu LLC
Dasan Ahanu is a jack of many trades; he is a public speaker, poet, organizer, workshop facilitator, spoken word artist, educator, songwriter, writer and emcee. Dasan has hosted or coordinated many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events. He has helped to establish and grow... Read More →

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Ayanna Albertson Gay

Ayanna Albertson-Gay is a writer, spoken word poet, and content creator from Goldsboro, North Carolina by way of Durham. Specializing in what she's named "a(rt)dvocacy", Ayanna leverages her communication and creative writing skills to promote economic and social justice through critical... Read More →
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Charly Lowry

Charly Lowry, a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, NC, is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes. She is passionate about telling stories and raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and under-served communities. Since her teenage... Read More →
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D.J. Rogers

Durham Poet Laureate

Monday March 27, 2023 4:20pm - 5:45pm EDT
Winston-Salem Foyer Benton Convention Center
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