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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2022 Poet In Residence Natasha Trethewey Discussion and Reading

WWBA 2022 Poet-in-Residence Natasha Trethewey: Discussion and Poetry Reading Saturday, May 14, 2022 Discussion and Q&A: 3:30 – 5:00 PM Poetry Reading: 6:00-7:00 PM EST “Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.”

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