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Sunday, October 20 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Poetry: Shifting the Canon

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If you love poetry, it’s not news to you that the art form has bloomed in recent years, embraced by talented young writers as a bold and powerful means to convey a broad range of emotions, experiences, and identities. In this session, we’ll hear readings by three of the most exciting young poets at work today. Porsha Olayiwola, City of Boston Poet Laureate and curator of this session, is the author of the new collection i shimmer sometimes, too. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is an award-winning poet who teaches at UMass–Boston; her new collection is How Narrow My Escapes. And Camonghne Felix, a communications strategist for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, is the author of Build Yourself a Boat, recently longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry. Their readings will be followed by an insightful conversation about the possibilities and limitations of poetry to articulate issues of gender, race, migration, sexuality, injustice, and more, led by Tatiana M. R. Johnson, author of the collection for the love of black girls. Bring a friend and grab a seat and a snack at the Dudley Cafe for this perceptive exploration of the state of poetry today.

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Tatiana M.R. Johnson

Tatiana M.R. Johnson is a writer, artist, and teacher in the Boston area. She is also a poetry MFA candidate at Emerson College and a poetry editor for Redivider. Johnson was the 2018 Gish Jen fellow for the Writer’s Room of Boston and is a 2017 Pushcart Prize XI nominee. Her work... Read More →

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Camonghne Felix

Camonghne Felix is a poet, writer, speaker, and political strategist living in New York City. She received an MA in arts politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Poets House. Her first full-length collection of poems... Read More →
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Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She was recently named the new director of the Chautauqua Institution Writers’ Festival. Bertram has published poetry, prose, and essays in numerous journals... Read More →
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Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston. She is a writer, performer, educator, and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, women, and queer diasporas. She is an individual World Poetry Slam champion... Read More →

Sunday October 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
Dudley Cafe 15 Warren St, Boston, MA, 02119