Ntozake Shange's work as a poet, educator, novelist and playright has explored the myriad experiences of black women. Best known for her Obie Award-winning play or "choreopoem", For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, she has written numerous novels and books of poetry including Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo, Liliane, Betsey Brown and Nappy Edges.
“I write for young girls of color, for girls who don’t even exist yet, so that there is something there for them when they arrive. I can only change how they live, not how they think.”
Host: Debra Powell-Wright is founder/director of For Women Collective, and an original member of In The Company of Poets, an African American female spoken word ensemble. Her work has appeared in Drum Voices Review, Essence Magazine, The African, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, and her essay “Four Women—For Women: Black Women All Grown Up” was published in the anthology, Imagining the Black Female Body.
Guests: Pat McLean popularized the concept that “Poetry Pulls Pain,” in order to encourage participants to view their past and present lives as a blueprint for the future and has performed extensively throughout the tri-state area.
Miriam Harris is a pypm facilitator, a member of temple’s Babel spoken word collective and coach of Philadelphia’s award winning 2015 youth poetry team.
Everyone is invited to be in the audience but to read you must register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Ntozake Shange as the subject.
Admission: Free. Doors open at 5:30pm
When: Tuesday,October 6, 6:30pm
Where: PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
A live poetry talk show and cover open mic, broadcast live at 6:30 on the first Tuesday of each month. It is a discussion/presentation on the life and work of the month’s featured (LOVED) poet followed by audience members reading their favorite poem by the featured poet, and one of their own poems.
This series is a co-production of Moonstone Poetry Center and PhillyCAM
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