Join the East Coast Launch of dear Human at the Edge of Time: Poems on Climate Change in the United States, released in September 2023. There is a 12 pm Mindfulness Walk starting from the Mallory Country Club, 907 Weyanoke St, Norfolk, VA 23507. The walk will include a community participation event at the Elizabeth River Trail's "Wishing Tree."
At 5 pm, featured poets will read from the dear Human anthology at the Ryan Resilience Lab, 4160 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23508. A Q&A session, book sales, and a book signing will follow.
Mesmerizing and evocative, these 42 photographs and two film installations by contemporary American artist Dawoud Bey contemplate the harrowing journeys and human realities of the Virginia slave trail, Louisiana plantations, and Ohio’s Underground Railroad. Includes Bey’s most recent series of never-before-seen photographs taken in Richmond and commissioned by VMFA. I this immersive exhibition, his works poetically imply a human presence, deepening our understanding of African American experiences rarely represented in collective US history.
Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Dawoud Bey: Elegy showcases three photographic series. The first film installation, 350,000, evokes the 350,000+ men, women, and children sold from Richmond’s auction blocks at Manchester Docks between 1830 and 1860. The film’s soundtrack features Richmond-based professor of dance Dr. Elgie Sherrod. Visitors will also experience Evergreen, a three-channel film installation created in collaboration with composer and experimental ethnographer Imani Uzuri, whose multilayered vocal score adds a haunting soundscape.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Through February 25, 2024
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Dawoud Bey: Elegy
Upcoming in the DMV area
The Hurston/Wright Foundation, Prince George's County Arts Council's Office of the Poet Laureate, and the Prince George's County Memorial Library System present "Remembering the Black Arts Movement Symposium: The Poetry of Amiri Baraka. Panelists include poet Kenneth Carroll and scholar/activist Thomas Porter, moderated by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, 2023-2026 Poet Laureate of Prince George's County, MD and executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.
Learn more about the panelists and register: Google form for the event.
February 6, 2024
Oxon Hill Branch Library, PGCMLS
6200 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
1898 Revisions Poetry Night at the National Portrait Gallery in DC will explore the history and impact of 19th century U.S. imperialism from poets' distinct social, political and cultural perspectives. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. See event page for more details.
Join Martyna Deering in Warrenton, Virginia at Drew's Bookstore every other Friday from 7-9 pm for open mic. The next event is Friday, February 9, 2024.
Hampton Roads Writers presents a casual event for writers to meet and socialize with each other. The 2024 event will be held on February 24 from 2–4:30 PM at Kelly's Tavern in Haygood, Virginia Beach. HRW will provide door prizes and snacks, and food and drinks are available for purchase.
Holiday Event for Members
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