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African American Voices for Democracy: Intersection of Community and Literary Voices

African American Voices for Democracy: Intersection of Community and Literary Voices

Sunday, October 16, 2022 – 1:30PM-3:30 PM 

As part of our Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy Series, WWBA reprises the successful Favorite Poem Project 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 with Dr. Nicolette James, the chair of Westbury High School’s English Department, to work with students who will read and offer comments about African American poetry. Lorraine Currelley emcees the afternoon.

Submit your favorite African American poem:  Poems will be randomly selected at the event and you may have the opportunity to read your poem. 15 poems will be selected, you must be here in person to do a reading.  Submissions due October 3, 2022.

Submit your poem:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1J6w2GUSgk5IUHFl1SAG_Md-I6nOc7bYHrHWfJLb1YYY/edit

Lorraine Currelley, poet, spoken word artist, Bronx Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2022 State of New York, multi-genre writer, Pearls of Wisdom storyteller, educator, art/literary curator and visual artist. Widely anthologized in numerous publications. The executive director for Poets Network & Exchange a multi-award winning literary organization, where she curates and produces featured poetry, spoken word readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, an open mic, a blog and a scholar lecture series. In 2017 she made herstory becoming the first female executive director for the Bronx Book Fair, the premiere and largest literary event in the Bronx.  She has curated exhibits for Mom Egg Review (VOX), Studio Theater in Exile and Hudson Valley MOCA among others. She is a board member at Pen to Mind Books & Child Development, Concepts Inc. and Blind Beggar Press Inc. and adviser for Writing for Peace. She has an MS in Mental Health Counseling, a graduate certificate in Thanatology (grief & bereavement). A former chaplain, she writes and works to change the present negative societal image and narrative on aging and mental health to a healthy paradigm on mental health, age and ageing. She resides in New York City. https://www.pw.org/directory/writers/lorraine_currelley

Register for the event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1n7wV5F-wQdsNfbhPRwNaX57xrX8C8iBzWU0_Ms-FDoU/edit

Zoom link to view event: Coming Soon!

This event has a $5 suggested donation:
https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant