All events listed below take place online. Please visit the organizers’ websites for details.

Latest Past Events

Lift Every Voice: When Poems Call and Poems Respond with Douglas Kearney

Poets often compose poems that respond to other poems. Sometimes, these new poems make glancing allusions to their sources. Sometimes they may be ironic parodies, frustrated retorts, or extensions of the source's concerns and themes. In this reading/talk, poet Douglas Kearney will share writing from the Lift Every Voice anthology that has inspired poetic response over time and distance. This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective. About Douglas Kearney: Douglas Kearney has published six collections, including Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry, and California Book Award silver medalist (Poetry). M. NourbeSe Philip calls Kearney’s collection of libretti, Someone Took They Tongues. (Subito, 2016), “a seismic, polyphonic mash-up.” Kearney’s Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher’s Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” His newest collection, Sho (Wave, 2021) is forthcoming. His operas include Sucktion, Mordake, Read More ...

Free

The History and Future of Black Literature: A Black History Month Event

Featuring Khalisa Rae, Dexter L. Booth, Nordette Adams, Karisma Price, and Tée V. Smith, with conversation moderated by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Red Hen Press is excited to bring this reading and conversation to your viewing screens! Join us for a reading and conversation on the history and future of Black literature, especially in the context of the effect Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman is having on poetry and visibility in this country. Highlighting our partnership with the Peauxdunque Writer’s Alliance and our new Ann Petry Award, which awards book publication, a $3000 award, and a four-week residency at The Community Library’s Ernest and Mary Hemingway House in Ketchum, Idaho for a Black prose writer, we also bring in Khalisa Rae and Dexter L. Booth, two Black poets with forthcoming books from Red Hen Press, due out this spring. We’re so excited for this collaboration and look forward to you joining us! Streamed live on redhen.org, facebook.com/redhenpress, and youtube.com/redhenpressbeats.

Free

Lift Every Voice: Poetry and Survival in African American Los Angeles

Join the Studio City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library as we host poet James Jones, who will explore how poetry has helped knit together the African American community of Los Angeles during the most difficult times. Jones and collaborators will read and discuss poetry from the Watts Riots to the present, and then the audience will have the chance to write and share their own poetry about the present moment. This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective.

Free

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