“Oni Buchanan was terrific. We scheduled Oni’s concert late on a weekday afternoon, after a full day of other performances, events, and workshops, not knowing what the turnout would be. We needn’t have worried—she packed our largest auditorium and gave a stunning concert that is still being talked about. Several hundred students, faculty and visitors turned out for what many would recall as the highlight of an extraordinary week that brought writers from around the country and featured film and other musical performances. Oni performed an amazing thematically interesting and technically challenging concert that left the audience breathless, then cheering. Next day, she conducted a poetry workshop. We had planned for 30-40 participants but wound up with more than a hundred. Word had surely spread about her. Her workshop was lively and inspiring. Many commented that it offered the most participatory experience of any of the many workshops and was one of the most dynamic presentations of Writers Week. Throughout, Oni conducted herself with true professionalism in all respects. She was gracious, conscientious, mindful of her audience, respectful of her students, and generous to all. In short, she was exactly the sort of writer and performer we wanted to offer as an exemplar to our community of writers.”
–Philip Gerard, Chair, Department of Creative Writing
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Read more Oni Buchanan news.