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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.

Black to the Future - February 26-29, 2020

poster of black to the future

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 12 pm
Black to the Future Lecture with Alisha B. Wormsley
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
Presented by Pitt Jazz Studies Program

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 pm
Equipoise Welcome Reception
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
Presented by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Equipiose

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 pm
Poetry reading: avery r. young Speaks on His New Visual Poetry Book neckbone
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
Presented by Pitt Jazz Studies Program

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 pm
Performance: avery r. young and de deacon board Present Tubman
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
Presented by Pitt Jazz Studies Program

Wednesday Feb. 26, 9am through Friday, Feb. 28, 9pm
Black to the Future Art Exhibition
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
An exhibition of work by visual artists-activists from the University of Pittsburgh, off-campus community, and beyond.  

Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 pm
Reading Justin Phillip Reed
Featuring poetry and performances by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Simone White, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and special guest, the 2018 National Book Award-winning poet, Justin Phillip Reed.
Henry Heymann Theatre, Lower Level, Stephen Foster Memorial
Presented by Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP)

Friday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 pm
Black to the Future Art Reception
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom

Friday, Feb. 28 at 6 pm
Black to the Future Showcase
Alumni Hall, 7th Floor Auditorium
Featuring cross-disciplinary performances by Jari Bradley, poet; K. Henderson, opera singer and poet; Kuumba Ensemble led by Nicole Mitchell Gantt, flutist, composer, Pitt Jazz Studies director; Oronde Sharif, Pitt Africana Studies; and, Jasiri X, Pittsburgh rapper and activist

Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 pm
Black to the Future Post-Showcase Panel Discussion on Black Art and Activism
Alumni Hall, 7th Floor Auditorium
Presented by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Equipiose

Saturday, Feb. 29 at 1 pm
Hands-on Community Workshop with KanKouran West African Dance Company
The Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave, East Liberty
Presented by Department of Africana Studies

Saturday, Feb. 29 at 6 pm
Performance: Circle of Praise by KanKouran West African Dance Company
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty
Presented by Department of Africana Studies

Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8 pm
The After Party: IN THE OPEN / IN SECRET / A BLACK FUTURES / POETRY PARTY
Hosted by Simone White featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty
Presented by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP)

poster of justin phillip reed

Justin Phillip Reed Poster, courtesy of CAAPP

Reading Justin Phillip Reed
February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm

Poets Simone White and Tongo Eisen-Martin, poet & performance artist Jaamil Kosoko present responses to CAAPP Fellow Justin Phillip Reed's forthcoming book The Malevolent Volume.
Location and Address
Henry Heymann Theatre
4301 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Simone White, courtesy of CAAPP

The After Party: IN THE OPEN / IN SECRET / A BLACK FUTURES / POETRY PARTY
Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8 pm
Hosted by Simone White featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty
Presented by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP)

Jaamil Kosoko, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Simone White in Hillman LIbrary