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

February 25, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

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!

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February 25
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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.

BookSwell Intersections Season 2 Episode 2
an interview with Yodassa Williams

The coronavirus crisis can’t stop art!

Cody Sisco interviews Yodassa Williams about her debut fantasy novel, The Goddess Twins, coming of age and finding one’s voice, black girl magic and creativity, and the revelatory experience of going to Burning Man.

Yodassa Williams shows off her new novel, The Goddess Twins, in the magical locale of Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

Yodassa Williams is a powerful conjurer of black girl magic (70 percent Jedi, 30 percent Sith). A Jamaican American writer, speaker, and award-winning performing storyteller, an alumna of the VONA/Voices Travel Writing program and the Fortify Writer’s Retreat, and the creator of the podcast The Black Girl Magic Files, Yodassa (Yoda) launched Writers Emerging, a wilderness writing retreat for women of color and non-binary people of color, in 2019. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently resides in the Bay Area. The Goddess Twins is her debut novel.

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Link to BookSwell Intersections Podcast on Spotify