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Parallax Conversation Series
Kewulay Kamara and Melvin Reeves
May 7, 2013

Parallax: noun- The effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions.

In the first of our Parallax Conversation Series we bring together Sierra Leonian poet/storyteller Kewulay Kamara and StoryCorps Griot manager, Melvin Reeves for an evening of improvisation. Both ardent preservers, collectors, and presenters of stories they no doubt have plenty to talk about but what happens when we give them one word to riff on: "why"? Please join us for what promises to be a wild evening.

Get to know the participants!

Kewulay Kamara is a poet/storyteller, multi-media artist and an internationally renowned performer who has performed at major venues and cultural centers, including The Cathedral of St John the Divine, The Kitchen, Symphony Space, Gerald Lynch Theater, City Center, The Museum of Natural History and Oxford University, and participated in the Langston Hughes Festival and more. He is the recipient of numerous grant awards from major foundations including the Ford Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, National Geographic, and National Endowment for the Arts. Kewulay Kamara is working on a forthcoming documentary of epic poetry and history.

Melvin Reeves came to StoryCorps in September 2006 to manage StoryCorps Griot, a one-year initiative that collected the stories of 1750 African Americans around the country. He has also planned initiatives that focused on Alaskan, Latino, Jewish and LGBTQ communities. He is the Associate Director for Education and Special Projects, and he is currently focusing on StoryCorps U, a program designed to place StoryCorps content and process in schools around the country. More on StoryCorps here: www.storycorps.org.

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