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A Poetry Reading in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Join us for a night of poetry readings with themes of civil rights and intersectionality from poets of African descent.


t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The African American Review, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO, Poetry and many others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is available from Red Hen Press and most recent collection & more black from Augury Books. t’ai lives in Brooklyn.

Len Lawson is the author of Chime (Get Fresh Books, 2019). He is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weymouth Center for the Arts, and the Emrys Foundation. His poems have appeared in Callaloo Journal, African American Review, Verse Daily, Ninth Letter, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. He is a Ph.D. student in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has taught English in South Carolina higher education for ten years. 

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a recipient of scholarships from The Frost Place and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers. A Cave Canem fellow, his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Ploughshares, Sou'wester, Southern Humanities Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Waxwing, among others.

Gabriel Ramirez is an Afro-Latinx poet, activist, and teaching artist. Gabriel is a youth mentor at Urban Word NYC. Ramirez is a Willow Arts Alliance fellow, Watering Hole Fellow and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. You can find his work in various spaces, including YouTube, and in publications like The Volta, Winter Tangerine, Blueshift Journal, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, VINYL, and in ¡MANTECA!: an Anthology of Afro-Latino Poetry (Arte Público Press 2017).

Gia Shakur is a writer, editor and visual artist based in Harlem, New York. Her work has been featured in Sinister Wisdom, Joint Literary Magazine, The Broadkill Review and A.R.T.S.Y. Magazine. In March 2016, she released her self-published chapbook, .SAMPLE size. Currently studying English Literature and French at Essex County College, she is a graduate fellow of The Watering Hole writing retreat, performing fellow for Betty’s Daughters Arts Collaborative LLC and Founder of Spider Rose and Black Inc.

Earlier Event: January 18
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Later Event: January 21
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