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AS Program Board Presents… Poetry with Program Board Ft. UCSB’s Rick Benjamin on Monday, April 20th, 2020 at 2:00-4:00PM (PST).
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Meeting ID: 974 0645 8397
Link: https://ucsb.zoom.us/j/97406458397
This event will be free! Just click the link and tune in 2-4PM (PST)
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Rick Benjamin was the fifth poet laureate of the American State of Rhode Island from 2013 to 2017. Benjamin left to accept a teaching position at the University of California, Santa Barbara. On Monday, Rick will read “The Quiet World” and engage with students about topics relevant to the poem and current times.

Benjamin’s resume is stacked. Besides UCSB, he has also taught at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, as well as in community & assisted living centers. He has published three books of poetry: Passing Love (Wolf Ridge Press: San Francisco. 2010), Floating World (Wolf Ridge Press: 2013) and Endless Distances (Lawrence & Crane Publications: Houston. 2015), and a fourth book, Some Bodies in the Grief Bed, is forthcoming from Homebound Publications (CT) in the summer of 2020.

Benjamin believes that poetry can play a primary role in building community. All of his courses & workshops involve participants in some form of community practice— in schools, community & elder centers, juvenile detention facilities & elsewhere.
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Associated Students Program Board is a student-operated non-profit organization funded by lock-in fees that coordinates fun and educational events for the UC Santa Barbara community. Appointed student board members gain hands-on experience in planning, booking, advertising, and running various events ranging from intimate open mics to 12,000 capacity festivals. Some of our more well-known events include Free Tuesday Films, Storke Shows, Delirium, The Warm Up and Extravaganza.