Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pop up: #BlackPoetsSpeakOut at the Penumbra

Feed your inner activist with some radical readings

The Heart of a Woman by Luba Lukova
For those looking for an artistic outlet from the recent shootings, look no further: the Penumbra has got you.

They are hosting a free event called #BlackPoetsSpeakOut, featuring a community reading with "voices committed to peace, justice and progress in our city, our state and our nation." The event is being held in conjunction with the White Space Poetry Project and will have an ASL interpreter.

Take note, the event is LIMITED and requrires RSVP on Facebook; you can do so by clicking here.

If you'd like a more detailed look about #BlackPoetsSpeakOut, check out the Penumbra's announcement below:

#BlackPoetsSpeakOut, is a poetic protest which began as a tumblr page hosting a couple dozens of videos of black poets reading poetry, prayers and mantras in response to Michael Brown after his murder in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014, and the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fired the lethal bullets. Very quickly the videos began to gain momentum and spread across the internet garnering over 250 videos (and still counting). The literary movement that encouraged the community to speak out activated a vibration of mourning and healing through literacy and was spearheaded by Cave Canem fellows: Jericho Brown, Jonterri Gadson, Amanda Johnston, Sherina Rodriguez-Sharpe, and Mahogany L. Browne. Black Poets Speak Out evolved from just a website with videos, into community readings around the world, a national letter campaign, as well as lesson plans utilizing Black Poets Speak Out videos for the classroom.


To learn more about #BlackPoetsSpeakOut and their last event at Penumbra please visit poetrysociety.org