One event on November 11, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Poetry Is Not a Luxury
Grounded in the sentiment of Audre Lorde’s 1977 essay “Poetry Is Not a Luxury,” this two-day gathering brings contemporary artists and poets together with museum audiences to explore poetry’s ability to invoke sensuality, caesura, and care. Designed by 2023 Poet-in-Residence Ama Codjoe, this convening of discussion and exchange will illuminate poetry’s role in enabling humans to imagine, dream, and craft the kind of language that precipitates political action, communal nurturing, and social change.
Poetry Is Not a Luxury Day 1: Poetic Freedom
5-6:30pm ET (Virtual)
This first day of the Poetry Is Not a Luxury program, entitled Poetic Freedom, will feature a live taping of the Poetry Foundation’s VS podcast with co-hosts Ajanaé Dawkins and Brittany Rogers and guests Arisa White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. Attendees in this participatory event will have the chance to reflect on notions of care, freedom, and intimacy through group conversation, interactive games, and engaged listening.
In-person tickets for this program are sold out, but the event will be livestreamed on the Poetry Foundation’s website. This program will include ASL interpretation and auto-captioning.
Poetry Is Not a Luxury Day 2: Poetic License
1-5pm ET (In-Person)
In this second day of the Poetry Is Not a Luxury program, entitled Poetic License, poets and artists will share new work, work in-progress, and artistic reflections that express Lorde’s conviction that “poetry is not a luxury.” Featuring panel discussions, poetry readings, and performances, the day will be interspersed with moments of grounding and personal reflection alongside pauses for inter-audience dialogue and connection. This program is free with RSVP and will include ASL interpretation.
Participants include Alexandra Bell, Gabrielle Civil, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Daria Simone Harper, francine j. harris, Omotara James, Charleen McClure, Ladan Osman, Nicole Sealey, Evie Shockley, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, and Robyne Walker Murphy. A schedule will be posted in the fall.