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December 2020

The Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation at CSUF presents Black Center: An Online Poetry Reading

December 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST

From the organizers: Featuring Tommye Blout, Nandi Comer, T'ai Freedom Ford, Luther Hughes, Nabila Lovelace, Joy Priest, Phillip B. Williams, Keith S. Wilson.  Hosted by Ashaki M. Jackson   tinyurl.com/BLACKCENTER ID: 968 5822 9617 For additional information, contact Dr. Natalie Graham at NGraham@fullerton.edu. Learn more about the institute at http://hss.fullerton.edu/ibii 

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WE SPEAK Youth Poetry Slam Competition with Special Guest Jericho Brown

December 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PST
$5 – $45

From the organizers: Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) presents the first-ever WE SPEAK Festival, a virtual, evening-length celebration of spoken word poetry and storytelling. Integrating critically-acclaimed artists Jericho Brown, Andrea Gibson, Kealoha, Shane Koyczan, and Robin Sanders, alongside talented local youth chosen through a juried selection process, WE SPEAK seeks to embody the complex themes and concerns of the year 2020. Through performance, artists are invited to respond to issues including (but not limited to) the global health crisis, Black Lives…

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Maynooth University English Department presents Philip Metres: Shrapnel Maps, A Poetry Reading and Discussion

December 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

From the organizers: In the second event of our Poetry and Poetics reading and discussion series, Maynooth English Department is delighted to host multi-award-winning poet Philip Metres, who will read from, and talk about, his new poetry collection, Shrapnel Maps. The event will include an interactive Q&A with the poet, featuring questions from Maynooth students and attendees of the webinar. Organised by Dr Catherine Gander and Dr Karl O'Hanlon. This event will take place via Zoom webinar. Registered attendees will be…

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January 2021

Palm Beach Poetry Festival presents Between Clarity And Wilderness: How To Tune Your Tension With Traci Brimhall

January 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am - January 23, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EST

From the organizers: Every writer has their strengths, but we often tend to over-rely on what we already know we do well. In this workshop with Traci Brimhall, we will focus on how to create a balance of tension in poems. We will look at poems that model a balance of tension between clarity and wilderness, narrative and music, emotion and intellect. We will then use exercises to generate new work that tries to balance our inherent strengths by employing…

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Palm Beach Poetry Festival presents Gregory Orr

January 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am - January 23, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EST

From the organizers: For this year’s Thomas Lux Memorial Reading and special interview, the festival is pleased to present The Beloved: A Poetry and Song Cycle, a collaborative work created by Gregory Orr and The Parkington Sisters. This original work features the extraordinary musical compositions and lyric adaptation of Gregory Orr’s poems by the Parkington Sisters sequenced with Gregory Orr’s reading and performance. Don’t miss this! We will also present a one-on-one interview of Gregory Orr by Laure-Anne Bosselaar to…

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Lannan Center for Poetics & Social Practice presents Javier Zamora and Natalie Scenters-Zapico

January 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Lannen Center for Poetics & Social Practice, 3611 Canal Road NW
Washington, DC United States
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Lannan Center for Poetics & Social Practice welcomes Javier Zamora and Natalie Scenters-Zapico for a reading and discussion moderated by Carolyn Forché. Check here for updated information, including location TBD: https://lannan.georgetown.edu/2020-2021-readings-and-talks/javier-zamora-and-natalie-scenters-zapico/

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The Chicano Writers and Artists Association at Fresno State presents Monica Sok

January 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

From the organizers: Join the Chicanx Writers and Artists Association in (re)welcoming Monica Sok, an acclaimed poet, for a reading and Q&A! Monica was previously slated to read with us last Spring and we're fortunate she's able to make space with us this upcoming January. Pre-registration is required: here.   

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February 2021

HOME: Poetry Reading and Open Mic Series presents Rachel McKibbens

February 5, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

From the organizers: The theme, HOME, is born out of our current space, time, crisis, and future-shaping. What does home mean? What isn’t home? Who is lacking home? Now that we are all home so much, how do we like our homes? Ourselves? Our families? What is home, in the literal and figurative sense? Is the body a type of home? How so? Is a poem a type of home? How do we integrate this into content and craft? Register…

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Winter 2021 Launch Party Livestream: Natalie Shapero, Alex Dimitrov, & Erin Belieu

February 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Join Copper Canyon Press for a livestream launch party reading in celebration of our winter 2021 season of books! Natalie Shapero, Alex Dimitrov, and Erin Belieu will read from their new collections, followed by a Q&A with viewers. Access is free. We’ll also share the livestream from our Facebook Page, and a link to the event recording will be available here on our website. Our partnering bookseller for the Launch Party Livestream series is the Seattle-based Estelita's Library—a Black/Brown-owned community bookstore…

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March 2021

Hugo House presents Writing the Duplex with Jericho Brown

March 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PST

From the organizers: In this 90-minute class, Jericho Brown will lead students through an exercise for writing a duplex poem — a form he invented that blends the ghazal, the sonnet, and the blues. Each student should bring 14 disparate lines of 9–11 syllables to class. Lines may be from sentences of the student’s own prose or lines from poems that haven’t worked. No two lines have to be from the same source or time. Each student should come to…

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