SSC’s Fifth Annual Howlers & Yawpers Creativity Symposium Set for April 23-24, 2015

 

The Language Arts and Humanities Division at Seminole State College is hosting the Fifth Annual “Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium: A Showcase of Oklahoma Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers, and Dancers” on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, 2015. The free Symposium will begin at 8 am both days in the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus. The event is open to the public, and area high schools and middle schools are welcome to bring their students to enjoy two days filled with an eclectic mix of varied musical performances, creative writings, dramatic readings, artistic presentations, and dances by both professional and emerging Oklahoma artists and scholars.

The Keynote Speaker is Phillip Carroll Morgan. Morgan is senior staff writer of Chickasaw Press, for which he authored Chickasaw Renaissance and co-authored Dynamic Chickasaw Women. He also is the award-winning author of The Fork-in-the-Road Indian Poetry Store, and co-author of Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Native American literature from the University of Oklahoma.

The Special Guest is Rowdy Folk. From the band’s Facebook bio:

Rowdy Folk: homemade Americana music. Rowdy Folk is [Aaron and Lindsay Shane Oliver,] a husband and wife duo from Oklahoma and Texas who use guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, and a whole lot of boot stomping and tambourine shaking to make music that speaks to an era when lyrics mattered and melody drove the sound. With alt-country guitar, rock-n-roll sensibility, bluegrass banjo and a heart of blues, the duo thumbs their nose at genre – managing to make a bigger sound than two people ought to while they’re at it. Rowdy Folk is exactly what the name suggests: good-time, big-spirited, American music by folks with rowdy sensibilities.

The Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium was established by the faculty of the SSC Language Arts and Humanities Division in the Spring of 2011 as a free, fully accessible celebration of Oklahoma creative expression, in all of its diverse forms.  “We hope this symposium will encourage all those who attend and participate to continue to find passion in their creative arts and appreciate the role the fine arts play in education and in Oklahoma culture,” said Jessica Isaacs, Symposium Director and Professor of Language Arts and Humanities at SSC.

 

High school and middle school teachers or counselors wishing to bring students to the event, or anyone wishing to bring large groups to enjoy the Symposium, should contact Jessica Isaacs for information about bus parking and other necessary arrangements at (405)382-9209 or email at j.isaacs@sscok.edu, or they may call or email SSC Language Arts & Humanities Division Secretary, Annie Daniel at (405)382-9561 or email at a.daniel@sscok.edu.

 

The complete Symposium Schedule is available on the website at http://yawpers.kellimcbride.com.

 

 

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