Arcadia University Welcomes Poet, Book Artist and Alumna Monica A. Hand, Feb. 8

A Black History Month Lecture

Glenside, Pa.—Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012—Arcadia University and the Office of Institutional Diversity welcomes poet, book artist and alumna Monica Hand ’75 back to campus on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of Grey Towers Castle. She will share her story and read from her book me and Nina. The event is free and open to the public. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.

In me and Nina, Hand depicts what it is to be gifted and Black in America, as Nina Simone did. It received a 2010 Kinereth Gensler Award and was released in January 2012 by Alice James Books. Hand’s poems have appeared in numerous publications including Naugatuck River ReviewThe Sow’s EarDrunken Boat, and Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade. She earned a B.A. in Theater Arts and English from Arcadia University and an M.F.A. in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.

“I have always felt sameness with Nina Simone—her sadness, her anger, her restlessness, her alienation, and her super sensitivity, her refusing to be named,” Hand is quoted in a blog. “I saw her first as a woman, a lonely woman. I also felt her rage. It was only later after I was well into the project that I realized her activism and that she—her music and her life—represented so much more.”

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report names Arcadia University a top leader in undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (