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The Jim Sagel Memorial Lecture Series at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, presents the award-winning poet David Mills, who will perform an excerpt from his show, “Dreamweaver: The Works of Langston Hughes,” on March 4.
Actor and writer Mills’ one-person dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes poems and short stories journeys through the Harlem Renaissance — from the 1920s through the 1960s. Mills will also read his own work and participate in a Q&A session. As a prelude, Mills will perform his complete show at the Lensic in Santa Fe on Feb. 27, for the Lannan Foundation.
The reading is free, open to the public, and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Building 2 Lecture Hall at UNM-LA. Mills will also visit Zandree Stidham’s classes (English 100 and 101) the same day as the performance.
Mills studied economics and theater at Yale before spending three years as writer-in-residence at Hughes’ landmark home. Author of a collection of poems, “The Dream Detective,” he has performed on stages around the country and overseas.
Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the 1920s, a period known as the “Harlem Renaissance” because of the number of emerging black writers.
In his own words, his poetry is about “workers, roustabouts and singers, and job hunters on Lenox Avenue in New York, or Seventh Street in Washington or South State in Chicago — people up today and down tomorrow.”
Hughes recorded the nuances of black life and its frustrations and was the first black American to earn his living solely from his writing and public lectures.