Playwright, Poet, Painter to Perform


A free event featuring readings, an art exhibit and conversation with East Bay poet, playwright, performer and painter Charles Curtis Blackwell has been scheduled for Saturday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room at the Main Library, located at 1550 Oak St. 

Blackwell’s published plays and poetry include Is, The Color of Mississippi Mud and The Fiery Response to Love’s Callings. He has produced three spoken-word CDs in collaboration with jazz drummer Billy Toliver. His paintings have been shown from coast to coast and received multiple awards. In 2009, he was one of three featured artists at Lighthouse for the Blind’s 20th anniversary exhibit in San Francisco. 

Light refreshments will be served. The event will feaure a reception for Blackwell’s visual art on display at 1:30 p.m., poetry performance from 2 to 3 p.m. and a question-and-answer session following as time allows.

To find out more about Blackwell, visit

Questions about the event should be directed to Ted Levitt, Senior Librarian at 747-7723 or Cosette Ratliff, Supervising Librarian at 747-7716.