ociele hawkins and Nico Amador collaborate with other readers to share poems from their new collections, “From the Dust We Rose” and “Flower Wars.” hawkins’ and Amador’s works are influenced by their many years as community organizers working on issues of racial and economic justice, immigrant rights, LGBTQ issues and anti-gentrification. Together these poets span the personal to the political and the many intersections in between to deliver writing that is intimate, deeply felt, and full of fire. The evening is hosted by our wonderful friend and poet, Cynthia Dewi Oka.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00 pm.
«From the Dust We Rose» is a collection of haiku and short form poems written between 2014-2017 in response to the non-indictments of the murderers of Black folx. The poems were written from anguish and fury, surprisingly though, what came to the page was hope.
«Flower Wars» was selected at the 2016 winner of the Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize and explores various histories – real and imagined, personal and generational – in an attempt to reconcile the contradictions embedded in the poet’s experience as queer, trans and Latinx.
Both collections will be available for cash purchase at the event.
***Co-sponsored by the UPenn LGBTQ Center & the Philalalia Poetry & Book Arts Festival***