A Stranger in My Own Home: Black Experiences
Within the American Literary Canon
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
7 p.m. ET
A panel discussion and reading a part of the
2021 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival
Hosted by the Emily Dickinson Museum.
Virtual. Free to attend. Registration is required.
Black voices and experiences have shaped American letters since the first arrival of enslaved Africans in 1619. The first Black woman to publish a book of poetry in what would become the United States, Phillis Wheatley, did so three years before the Declaration of Independence was written. All too often, however, these contributions and myriad others like them have been taught and viewed through the lens of academia and relegated to their own sections in libraries and bookstores. This panel, co-curated by Nicole M. Young (Black Writers Read) and Enzo Silon Surin (Faraday Publishing Company), engages some of the brightest Black poets of our time to consider their own experiences reading the canon, and writing poems to expand it. Moderators Nicole M. Young and Lisa Pegram will be joined by Melanie Henderson, Rage Hezekiah, Krysten Hill, and Brionne Janae for this reading and discussion.
To Register: Please visit the festival website, then register for the festival. Once you've registered for the festival, you can search and register for our event. Please feel free to register for other events! Rage Hezekiah, one of our panelists, will be leading a free virtual writing workshop on Monday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m., Slaying the Shame: Bringing Wholeness to the Page.