The #blackpoetsspeakout movement was started by Jericho Brown, Mahogany Brown, and Amanda Johnston in the wake of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri. This episode finds me traveling to participate in a #blackpoetsspeakout reading in Columbia, Missouri. The reading featured poets from the Cave Canem organization, as well as local poets and faculty from the University of Missouri. In the spirit of protest, we all met to lift up the verse of black poets and the safety of black bodies.
In this episode I prove that poetry works with seasoned adults, college aged readers and writers, and high school "novices." I travel from Illinois's capitol, where I read for the state legislators, and the Illinois Humanities administration, to McKendree University, and I end with the brilliant young scholars in East St. Louis Senior high school's poetry club. And guess who really blew my mind? Psych! You'll have to watch and see!
The Black Arts contains multitudes! Watch the diversity of expression as poets Francine J. Harris and Thylias Moss stretch the notion of a black poem all over the St. Louis Metro. I document the literary arts from Left Bank Books in the Central West End, to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation …
This episode of The Feminine Pronoun youtube blog series finds me sharing the power and resonance of Fannie Lou Hamer with a population she loved -- children. The EYESEEME bookstore (the only black children's bookstore in St. Louis) provided a welcoming space for the inquisitive crew and their mentors.
In this week's episode of the Feminine Pronoun series, your intrepid poet (me:) signs books at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church. I sold and signed copies of my book, *chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hammer*. It's being carried in their book store, the LIFE CHANGER book store. You get a glimpse of the rocking church choir and the very supportive literature loving members.
In this episode I Skype into a classroom of gifted students at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. I also support local businesses like Smiles by Design and Human Spaces and Afrosexology. Along the way I manage to mother my magical brown babies and meet with the bad ass women in my comics reading group. I'm acting locally, but thinking globally. Life is good!
This is the first of my "Feminine Pronoun" series where I take you with me around the St. Louis metropolitan area as I mother, teach, write, perform, support the arts and other artists (especially artists of color and women), and generally try to move through the world doing no harm.
#2 in the FEMININE PRONOUN Series. This video is about Traveling Through Illinois to Read My Poetry. I am listed with Illinois Humanities as a “Road Scholar.” My book is available at via Argus House Press.
Do Catholic Universities host poets better? Well, they do very well, thank you:) In this episode I read at Lewis University near Chicago, and share my "unlit bomb" philosophy. It's #blackgirlmagic and some #blackboysorcery on full display!