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Poetry Partnership elevates voices of Black poets

The final community reading of the Poetry Partnership of Pittsburgh streamed last Wednesday.

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer

June 16, 2020

The reading featured 10 poets reading their work — Joss Green, Diarra Imani, Dani Janae, Medina Jackson, Maria Kent, Joy KMT, Crystal Massie, Tresa Murphy Green, Christina Springer and Jahqwahn Watson. Much of the subject matter revolved around themes of womanhood, motherhood, Black ancestry and what it means to be Black today in the United States.

Sonia Sanchez and Marilyn Nelson talk black poetry

 Poets Marilyn Nelson (left) and Sonia Sanchez (right) spoke about their works as a part of the first installment of the Center for African American Poetry Poetics Legacy Series.

By Charlie Taylor, Staff Writer

November 19, 2019

Sonia Sanchez and fellow poet Marilyn Nelson visited the Carnegie Lecture Hall for a reading, which was followed by a conversation about their work, in an event hosted by Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures and the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

CAAPP celebrates black female writers from Pittsburgh and beyond

Poet Nicole Sealey reads her poem “Candelabra With Heads” at Pitt’s Center for African American Poetry and Poetics “Won’t You Celebrate With Me” event on Saturday evening.

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 18, 2019

Nicole Sealey’s editors once convinced her to remove the last line of a poem before she published it. The poem, “Candelabra With Heads,” meditated on a sculpture by the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, and its final line stated the poem’s thesis question — “Who can see this and not see lynchings?”

Center for African American Poetry and Poetics hosts “Black Ecstatic” panel and showcase

New Orleans native and poet Rickey Laurentiis spoke about the art presented at “The Black Ecstatic: An Evening of Poetry & Film,” which was organized by the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics and The Andy Warhol Museum.

By Dylan Giacobbe, For the Pitt News

October 26, 2018

Rickey Laurentiis — a poet from New Orleans currently serving as the inaugural fellow of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics — took the stage at the Frick Fine Arts building on Thursday night and made clear what they came to see. “I wanted to see how a black filmmaker argues her body into a ...

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