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National Poetry Month: Celebrating June Jordan

Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

National Poetry Month: Celebrating June Jordan

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National Poetry Month: Celebrating June Jordan

Thursday, April 20, 2017; 6:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Public Library

10 Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and Brooklyn Public Library, will celebrate the life and works of June Jordan.

Poet, playwright, and essayist Jordan (1936–2002) was one of the most widely published and highly acclaimed African-American writers of her generation. During her career, she produced 27 volumes of poems, essays, libretti, and work for children, June Jordan was also known for her fierce commitment to human rights and progressive political agenda. Jordan engaged the fundamental struggles of her era: over civil rights, women’s rights, and sexual freedom. A prolific writer across genres, Jordan’s poetry is known for its immediacy and accessibility as well as its interest in identity and the representation of personal, lived experience—her poetry is often deeply autobiographical; Jordan’s work can also be overtly political and often displays a radical, globalized notion of solidarity amongst the world’s marginalized and oppressed. Her volumes include Some Changes (1971), Living Room (1985), and Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991-1997 (1997) Biography excerpted from Poetry Foundation.


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Subway: 2 or 3 trains to either Brooklyn Museum or Grand Army Plaza stations. "S" Shuttle train to Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

"S" Shuttle train to Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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Brooklyn Public Library - Central
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

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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