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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.

A CAAPP Black Study on Intimacy Part Two - April 2022

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A CAAPP Black Study on Intimacy Part Two

Black Study: Spring 2022
April 4, 2022 (All day) to April 7, 2022 (All day)

 
Monday April 4th, 6:30 PM EST

  • Black Sound as Liberation Technology: a virtual event curated by K. Henderson, featuring poet and artist Anaïs Duplan, musician Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother, & poet Taylor Johnson.

 
Tuesday, April 5th, 6:30 PM EST

  • Drawing from Home: a virtual event curated by Yona Harvey, featuring writer & cartoonist Ebony Flowers and graphic novelist Rina Ayuyang, moderated by Pittsburgh illustrator Marcel Walker.

 

Wednesday, April 6th, 6:30 PM EST 

  •  A 1-hour, virtual Generative Comics Workshop with Ebony Flowers. Co-presented with the Black Unicorn Library and Archive Project.

 

Thursday, April 7th, 6:30 PM EST

  • Artifacts of Time Travel: curated by Diana Khoi Nguyen and featuring poet Tongo Eisen Martin, nonfiction writer Kao Kalia Yang, and poet Victoria Chang as participant-moderator. This event was in-person and on campus at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

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Black Sound as Liberation Technology
April 4, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
A virtual event curated by K. Henderson, featuring poet and artist Anaïs Duplan, poet and musician Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother, & poet Taylor Johnson.

What is the connection between Black sounds and improvisation? How does improvised sound activate Black physical, mental, and spiritual freedom?

In the first event of A CAAPP Black Study on Intimacy Part Two, our guests will hold a conversation in creative practice on music, poetry, and other sounds as a past and future means of Black liberation. Based on Camae Ayewa's concept of jazz as a form of liberation technology, these award-winning artists were invited to share their response to this theme through the intimate act of improvised or in-progress work in any medium.

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Drawing From Home
April 5, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
A virtual event curated by Yona Harvey, featuring writer & cartoonist Ebony Flowers and graphic novelist Rina Ayuyang, moderated by Pittsburgh illustrator Marcel Walker.

The second event in A CAAPP Black Study on Intimacy Part Two, “Drawing from Home” will braid together the ideas of intimacy and resisting, particularly how cartoonists and genre-writers do some of this work, resisting tradition in many forms while creating comics, illustrations, and storytelling that is wholly intimate. The guests will also discuss how in a world where access to groups or geography can exclude or put some on the fringes, intimacy is sometimes born out of these moments of exclusion or rejection.

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Artifacts of Time Travel
April 7, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
“Artifacts of Time Travel,” curated by Diana Khoi Nguyen and featuring poet Tongo Eisen Martin, nonfiction writer Kao Kalia Yang, and poet Victoria Chang as participant-moderator. This event will be in-person and on campus.

The final event in A CAAPP Black Study on Intimacy Part Two, "Artifacts of Time Travel," nods to the fluid travel each of these writers do in their creative work: moving through archives, histories, and narratives across time. In these fraught local, national, and global times, we might reflect on the various intimacies between those we are close with, but also how one can surprisingly find oneself in intimate conversation with strangers. The event will engage with the past and present, how they entangle on the page (and in person) as we orient our thinking toward the future moment.

Location and Address
Frick Fine Arts Building: Auditorium
650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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Kao Kalia Yang and Victoria Chang signing books in Hillman Library, 3rd floor

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Tongo Eisen Martin signing their book in Hillman Library, 3rd floor.