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Celebrating Poetry Month with Kadija George Sesay, Tyehimba Jess & Others
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM (EDT)
President’s Conference Center
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
In her first poetry collection, Irki (“Homeland” in the Nubian language), Kadija Sesay unlocks experiences and stories—at times amusing and loving, at other times confusing and sad—that surround the “invisibility” of private fostering, the dislocations and negotiations of migration, and home as an imagined, remembered and physical place. Sesay is a literary activist, editor, and publisher of Sierra Leonean descent; she is also the founder and editor of Sable magazine.
DuEwa Frazier is a poet, author, and speaker. She is the author of several books of poetry, including Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems and Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children.
Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’s first book of poetry, Leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004–2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center
Spoken-word artist A. Lyric’s poetry chapbook is titled Fairy Tales Don’t Exist.
. (Photograph of K. Sesay by Vic Ehi)
By Subway to Bedford Avenue Building
No. 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Franklin Avenue, and proceed as per map below.
Spearheaded by Dr. Brenda M. Greene, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College builds on the tradition and legacy of the National Black Writers Conference and serves as a voice, mecca, and resource for black writers and the general public to study the literature of people from the African Diaspora. It is the only Center devoted to this in the country.
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