Actor/Poet David Mills Performs as Langston Hughes

David Mills performs as Langston Hughes. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

The Jim Sagel Memorial Lecture Series at UNM-Los Alamos  will present award-winning poet David Mill at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the Building 2 Lecture Hall at UNM-LA.

Mills will perform an excerpt from his show, “Dreamweaver: The Works of Langston Hughes.” The reading is free and open to the public.

Mills also will be visiting Instructor Zandree Stidham’s English classes the same day as the performance.

Actor and writerDavid Mills’ one-person dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’s poems and short stories journeys through the Harlem Renaissance—from the 1920s through the 1960s.

Mills also will read his own work and participate in a question and answer session.

This event will follow on the heels of his performance of the complete “Dreamweaver: The Works of Langston Hughes” show at the Lensic in Santa Fe on Wednesday, Feb. 27, for the Lannan Foundation.

Mills studied economics and theater at Yale University before spending three years as Writer-in-Residence at Langston Hughes’s landmark home.

Author of a collection of poems, The Dream Detective, he has performed on stages around the country and overseas.

Langston 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 faithfully 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.

More information on this event is available from Jane Lin at 505-661-7230.

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