Announcing Hua Xi as “Poets To Come” Scholar

The Gwenn A. Nusbaum / WWBA Poets To Come Scholarship Committee has selected Hua Xi (they/she) as the 2022 Scholarship recipient.   During the scholarship year, Hua plans to publish a first chapbook of poetry and finish a first poetry book manuscript.  Hua is interested in the mind and its

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Upcoming & Past Events

Intersection of Poet Jupiter Hammon & Long Island History Sunday, June 12, 2022 Discussion and Q&A: 1:30PM – 3:30PM EST WWBA collaborates with community members to interpret Jupiter Hammon’s poetry in historical contexts. Hammon (1711-ca. 1806) is known as a founder of African-American literature. Born into slavery, Hammon published his first poem, “An Evening Thought. Salvation

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Intersection of Poet Jupiter Hammon & Long Island History

WWBA collaborates with community members to interpret Jupiter Hammon’s poetry in historical contexts. Hammon (1711-ca. 1806) is known as a founder of African-American literature. Born into slavery, Hammon published his first poem, “An Evening Thought. Salvation by Christ with Penitential Cries,” at 50 years of age. He gained wide circulation and used his Christian biblical foundation to

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Reasons and Seasons of Food

WWBA is holding a six-week discussion series designed to educate our participants through engaging discussions about the many aspects of food –spiritual, physical, emotional, political, and cultural. The dates of the series are Thursdays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and July 7, 2022, at 1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

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Intersections of the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes

Intersections of the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes Sunday, May 22, 2022 1:30-3:30 PM EST online As part of our Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy Series, WWBA welcomes creative scholars to discuss the poetry, life, and legacy of Langston Hughes and connections to poetry by Walt Whitman. Presenters include

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Intersection of Contemporary African American Poetry and Hip Hop

Intersection of Contemporary African American Poetry and Hip Hop Sunday, November 6, 2022 1:30-3:30 PM New York City-based performance poet Malik Work will offer an introduction to hip hop and perform his own works. In collaboration with Westbury High School, English Dept. Chair Dr. Nicolette James will coordinate with WWBA

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Intersection of Community and Literary Voices

Intersection of Community and Literary Voices Sunday, October 16, 2022 1:30-3:30 PM  WWBA reprises two former successful Favorite Poem Projects created by US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Community members of all ages are invited to bring and read their favorite African American poetry. Additionally, WWBA Trustee Dr. Susan Fishbein coordinates

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Intersection of Jupiter Hammon and Long Island History

Intersection of Poet Jupiter Hammon and Long Island History Sunday, June 12, 2022 1:30-3:30 PM WWBA collaborates with Preservation Long Island who launched a major initiative to interpret poet Jupiter’s Hammon’s life a the Joseph Manor Home. Speakers include Preservation Long Island curator Lauren Brincat, Huntington Town Historian and author

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Intersection of Jazz and Free Verse Poetry

Intersection of Jazz and Free Verse Poetry Wednesday, March 31, 2022 6:00-8:00 PM EST online WWBA is delighted to present our first event in our new series Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy! Join us online in collaboration with The John and Alice Coltrane home for a jazzy, swingin’ night

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Walking With Whitman Featuring Martín Espada, Denis Gray, and Josie Bello

Walking With Whitman  Friday, April 1, 2022   7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. EST  Join us online on Friday April 1, 2022 to listen to WWBA’s 2012 Poet-in-Residence Martín Espada and Long Island-based poet Denis Gray along with local musician Josie Bello. This Event has a $5.00 suggested donation: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152  Register to

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