Writing Bklyn: Barefoot poems
Monday April 22
Central Library, Trustees Room from 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Join aja monet for a free poetry workshop centered on the power of radical truth telling. We will look at poems by Bkyln poets Elouise Loftin and June Jordan to discuss the decolonizing power of vunerability, confrontation, communication, and experimentation in community and movement. We will also look at Jordan's essay on Whitman. Bklyn is a way of life, a perspective, and an approach. How does place inform our values and ability to decipher meaning? Let us create poems that “empty the pain.”
aja monet is a Caribbean American poet, performer and educator born in Brooklyn, New York. She started actively reading and reciting poetry in the New York City youth poetry/slam community in high school and was awarded the legendary Nuyorican Poet's Café Grand Slam title in 2007. In 2018, Monet’s first full collection of poetry, my mother was a freedom fighter, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Monet currently lives in Little Haiti, Miami, where she is cofounder of Smoke Signals Studio, a collective dedicated to music, art, culture and organizing.
Text for this class will be provided to registered students.