Franklin County NC Poetry Workshop Facilitated by Dasan Ahanu

Dasan Ahanu will facilitate the poetry workshop in August 2016. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council, Franklinton NC.
Dasan Ahanu will facilitate the poetry workshop in August 2016. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council, Franklinton NC.

By Donna Campbell Smith, Assistant Coordinator, Franklin County Arts Council

Franklin County Arts Council’s Diversity Team will sponsor a poetry workshop titled “Finding the Words-Making Them Work” with facilitator, Dasan Ahanu.

The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2016, and runs 9:30am to 11am. The workshop will include preparing for spoken word performances and poetry slams.

This event is hosted by the FCAC, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC. The cost is $5 for FCAC members; $10 for non-members. To register, call 919.497.6910 or email.

Dasan Ahanu is a public speaker, organizer, workshop facilitator, poet, performance artist, songwriter, playwright, writer, educator, and recording artist born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has performed, spoken, and facilitated workshops across the country and been featured on both radio and TV. He is one of the founders of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT) where he is a writer, director, producer, and cast member. Dasan is also the founder of the Jambalaya Soul Slam and coach of Durham, NC’s own Bull City Slam Team (BCST) that competes regionally and nationally.

A supporter of youth arts and poetry, he has worked with the Sacrificial Poets, the Triangle’s youth spoken word organization. He is a resident artist at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham and the 2015-2016 Nasir Jones Fellow with the Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

He has released multiple Hip Hop and Spoken Word projects, collaborated on many musical releases with other artists, and published three books of poetry. More information on Dasan Ahanu and his works may be found at

The mission of FCAC is:

The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) is a nonprofit organization passionate about serving our diverse community in developing all areas of the arts. We are dedicated to providing resources to develop, encourage, and enhance such areas as literary, visual, dance, theater, and culinary arts for all ages. We also recognize the importance of our programs as a way to support economic development for the growth of the Franklin County region.

In addition to this poetry workshop, the council holds arts events, assists the local Writers Guild and Photography Guild, and hosts workshops on literary and artistic topics.

The Franklin County Arts Council is online at

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Donna Campbell Smith, an author based in Franklinton NC, worked in the horse industry for over thirty years as an instructor, trainer, breeder, and writer. She has an AAS Degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College and is a certified riding instructor. Smith has written four non-fiction books on equine management: The Book of Donkeys, (The Lyons Press 2016) The Book of Miniature Horses (The Lyons Press 2005), The Book of Draft Horses (The Lyons Press 2007), and The Book of Mules (The Lyons Press 2009. All her books are available at or ask for them at a bookstore near you. Donna is a member of Franklin County Arts Council. Visit her website at