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The Rebel: In Celebration of Mari Evans

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Jones Room, 3rd Floor

Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University

540 Asbury Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Emory University will celebrate the contributions of Mari Evans, an influential Black Arts Movement writer and activist, with poetry readings and a panel on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 in the Jones Room at the Robert W. Woodruff Library on the Emory campus.

Following a reception, there will be a short poetry reading of Evans’ poems by students, and Black Arts Movement scholars will participate in a panel on the multi-faceted aspects of Evans’ practice as a poet, educator, musician, activist, and author, followed by a question-and-answer session.

A major figure in the Black Arts Movement, Evans wrote books of poetry, including “A Dark and Splendid Mass” (Harlem River Press, 1992), “Nightstar: 1973-1978” (1981), “I Am a Black Woman” (1970), and “Where Is All the Music?” (1968).

She is also the author of the plays “Eyes” (a 1979 musical adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God”) and “River of My Song” (first produced in 1977). She is a contributor to and an editor of the volume “Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation” (1984), and has taught at colleges and universities including Spelman College, Purdue University, and Cornell University. She died on March 10, 2017.

Photo credit: Mari Evans papers, Rose Library at Emory University

This event is co-sponsored by the Rose Library, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University, Emory’s English department, the Creative Writing Program, and Fearless Dialogues.

6:30 - 7pm: Reception
7 - 8:30 pm: Poetry readings and panel discussion followed by Q & A

Parking available in Fishburne parking deck on the Emory University campus.

For more information, please contact libraryevents@emory.edu or 404-727-2245.

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