FEATURED READER Omanii Abdullah. From Syracuse, NY, Omanii is a poet-performer- educator who is sure to make you laugh and cry with his spoken word poetry. His poetry lets you identify with step parenting, death and dying, love, teenagers, black on black crime, and the joys of life.
Professor Abdullah retired emeritus from Morrisville State College in 2005, and has been a part-time professor in Syracuse University’s African-American Studies department since 1990. He also teaches part-time at Onondaga Community College. Omanii started writing poetry as a 5th grader, and began taking it seriously in the 1980s while residing and teaching in Saudi Arabia.
He wrote five books of poetry: I Wanna Be the Kinda Father My Mother Was, Nobody Eats Fried Chicken Like Black Folks Do, This is Gonna Hurt Me a Whole Lot More’n It Hurts You, It Ain’t Only Hard Out Here for a Pimp, and Mama Said There’d be Days Like This (The Very Best of Omanii Abdullah). He has won numerous awards for his poetry.
Omanii will also be performing his poetry in the free A One-Man Show of the Spoken Word (Poetry) January 30 at 7 pm, January 31 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and February 1 at 2 pm at 433 Hawley Aveue, Syracuse, NY. A 20 minute talkback follows the performance.
Open mic follows the featured reader.