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Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) & the ULS Collection

A guide to the signed books by CAAPP event authors that are held in the University Library System collection.

November 9-10, 2016 Event - Black Poets Speak Out

Black Poets Speak Out Poster

A community workshop, reading, exhibition, and reception featuring poets Amanda Johnston, Mahogany Browne, and Jericho Brown.

Schedule of Events:

Interactive Black Poets Speak Out Community Workshop

November 9, 2016 - 6:30pm

Black Poets Speak Out founders Jericho Brown, Mahogany Browne, and Amanda Johnston led an interactive community workshop on Poetry and Practice

#BlackPoetSpeakOut: Pittsburgh Community Reading

November 9, 2016 - 7:30pm

This community reading that was open to all. 

All Readers Share A Poem By A Black Poet. Each poet will begin their set with:  "My name is (insert name). I am a black poet who will not remain silent while this nation murders black people. I have a right to be angry.” 

or for allies... "My name is (insert name). I submit this poem in solidarity with Black Poets Speak Out. I will not remain silent while this nation murders black people. I have a right to be angry.” 

Each poet should try to record one poem during the performance to be added to the http://blackpoetsspeakout.tumblr.com/ archive.

Black Poets Speak Out Reading and Reception

November 10, 2016 - 5:30pm

The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics will hosted poets Jericho Brown, Mahogany Browne, and Amanda Johnston, organizers of Black Poets Speak Out. The project began as a hashtag video campaign on a Tumblr site, featuring videos from black poets reading poetry in response to police violence against African Americans. Since its inception in 2014, black poets around the world have contributed videos to the project and curated Black Poets Speak Out readings in their communities.

Thanks to support from The Heinz Endowments, the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh, and to our community partner, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.

The poets signing books

Amanda Johnston, Jericho Brown, and Mahogany Browne in the Frick Fine Arts Library

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