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Baltimore, MD 21201
Wednesday January 29, 7:00PM
Update: Joshua Myers will be joined by Anson Asaka, Associate General Counsel for the NAACP, who was a student organizer helping lead the 1989 Howard protest.
We Are Worth Fighting For is the first history of the 1989 Howard
University protest. The three-day occupation of the university’s
Administration Building was a continuation of the student movements of
the sixties and a unique challenge to the politics of the eighties.
Upset at the university’s appointment of the Republican strategist Lee
Atwater to the Board of Trustees, students forced the issue by shutting
down the operations of the university. The protest, inspired in part by
the emergence of “conscious” hip hop, helped to build support for the
idea of student governance and drew upon a resurgent black nationalist
At the center of this story is a student organization known as Black Nia F.O.R.C.E. Co-founded by Ras Baraka, the group was at the forefront of organizing the student mobilization at Howard during the spring of 1989 and thereafter. We Are Worth Fighting For explores how black student activists—young men and women— helped shape and resist the rightward shift and neoliberal foundations of American politics. This history adds to the literature on Black campus activism, Black Power studies, and the emerging histories of African American life in the 1980s.
"We Are Worth Fighting For reminds us of the insurgency of
Black college students in the late 1980s and early 1990s that inspired a
generation. Thoroughly researched and well constructed, this book
illuminates how Howard students inspired the political and cultural
rebellion of the time and shines light on this period of the Black
~Akinyele Umoja, author of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
"This riveting, exceptionally well-written book is a major contribution to Black Power historiography and the history of Black student activism. Featuring appearances by future mayors of Newark and Atlanta and pioneers of hip hop, this study holds important lessons for today." ~Gerald Horne, author of Fire this Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960s
Thursday January 30, 7:00PM
Shine of the Ever is a literary mix tape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. By turns tender and punk-tough, fierce and loving, this collection of short stories explores what binds a community of queer and trans people as they negotiate love, screwing up and learning to forgive themselves for being young and sometimes foolish.
Claire Rudy Foster is a queer, nonbinary single parent in recovery. Their short story collection, I’ve Never Done This Before, was published to warm acclaim in 2016. With four Pushcart Prize nominations, Claire's writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, and many other journals. Their nonfiction work has reached millions of readers in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Narratively, among others. Claire lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.
Friday January 31, 7:00PM
Saturday February 1, 6:00PM
It’s a new decade, but old oppression lingers, old challenges still haunt us. The need for the arts generally, and poetry specifically, is as great as ever! Join us for an open mic of justice, conscious thought, spirituality, fam, real life—whatever advances the village! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s “Mother Earth” magazine, come drop some rad “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy. Our theme is “Peace, Justice, Poetry!” By the way: it’s a non-erotic venue, so rather than a love & erotica evening, we focus this night on justice and other matters of life. And, almost needless to say, leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside!
Our feature, Roscoe Burnems (Douglas Powell), is an award winning spoken word artist and educator, born and raised in Richmond, VA. He is a National Poetry Slam champion, Underground Poetry Slam champion, two-time regional poetry slam team finalist, and multiple local grand slam champion. Roscoe has published three recognized collections of poetry, has been published in a dozen literary magazines and journals over the years and has been a speaker for TedxYouth. When not competing or touring he conducts writing and performance workshops for schools and non-profits in RVA.
Twitter and Instagram: @analysisthepoet
www.artistEcard.com/analysisthepoetThe MIC LIST will open at 5:00PM.
FREE ADMISSION! [We will take a collection to support the feature.]
(Mature language and themes may be involved; not suggested for younger children.)
Remember: PEACE, JUSTICE, POETRY!! Will we see you there? :)
Friday February 7, 7:00PM
Thursday February 13, 11:00AM
Thursday February 13, 7:00PM
Blues legend B.B. King spent his life sharing the music of his soul, which shone relentlessly through hardship and triumph alike. He never wavered from his vocation, even as he gathered up other musicians in his wake and melded them into the harmony of his animating passion. In this intimate portrait of King, author Diane Williams offers a brief account of the monumental blues man’s life before settling in for a series of interviews with his bandmates and beloved family members, offering readers an invaluable opportunity to feel like they know King too.
Thursday February 20, 7:00PM
Against the backdrop of America’s escalating urban rebellions in the 1960s, an unexpected cohort of New York radicals unleashed a series of urban guerrilla actions against the city’s racist policies and contempt for the poor. Their dramatic flair, uncompromising vision, and skillful ability to link local problems to international crises riveted the media, alarmed New York’s political class, and challenged nationwide perceptions of civil rights and black power protest. The group called itself the Young Lords.
Utilizing oral histories, archival records, and an enormous cache of police records released only after a decade-long Freedom of Information Law request and subsequent court battle, Johanna Fernández has written the definitive account of the Young Lords, from their roots as a street gang to their rise and fall as a political organization. Led predominantly by poor and working-class Puerto Rican youth, and consciously fashioned after the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords confronted race and class inequality and questioned American foreign policy. Their imaginative, irreverent protests and media conscious tactics won significant reforms and exposed U.S. mainland audiences to the country’s quiet imperial project in Puerto Rico. In riveting style, Fernández demonstrates how the Young Lords redefined the character of protest, the color of politics, and the cadence of popular urban culture in the age of great dreams.
Tuesday February 25, 7:00PM
An answer to the assault on voting rights—crucial reading in advance of the 2020 presidential election
"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered one of the most effective pieces of legislation the United States has ever passed. It enfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters, particularly in the American South, and drew attention to the problem of voter suppression. Yet in recent years there has been a continuous assault on access to the ballot box in the form of stricter voter ID requirements, meritless claims of rigged elections, and baseless accusations of voter fraud. In the past these efforts were aimed at eliminating African American voters from the rolls, and today, new laws seek to eliminate voters of color, the poor, and the elderly, groups that historically vote for the Democratic Party.
Uncounted examines the phenomenon of disenfranchisement through the lens of history, race, law, and the democratic process. Gilda R. Daniels, who served as Deputy Chief in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and more than two decades of voting rights experience, argues that voter suppression works in cycles, constantly adapting and finding new ways to hinder access for an exponentially growing minority population. She warns that a premeditated strategy of restrictive laws and deceptive practices has taken root and is eroding the very basis of American democracy—the right to vote!"
Wednesday February 26, 7:00PM
A collection of writings on art by Barry Schwabsky.
“Many consider Barry Schwabsky to be the critic on painting today, even if he does write copiously on other art forms,” write editors Rob Colvin and Sherman Sam in their foreword to this selection of Schwabsky's writings. Written since the turn of the millennium, the texts in The Oberver Effect include meditations on the broader context of painting today alongside reflections on such well-known American painters as Alex Katz, Kerry James Marshall, Nicole Eisenman, and Dana Schutz, as well as practitioners from Europe and beyond—Bernard Frize, Tal R, and Ha Chonghyun among them. As Colvin and Sam point out, the book “documents a dialogue between abstraction and the image” in which “images serve less to represent their described subject than to articulate the sort of painting each one desires to be.”
Friday February 28, 7:00PM
A major recasting of American history from the vantage of immigration politics
It is often said that with the election of Donald Trump nativism was raised from the dead. After all, here was a president who organized his campaign around a rhetoric of unvarnished racism and xenophobia. Among his first acts on taking office was to issue an executive order blocking Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. But although his actions may often seem unprecedented, they are not as unusual as many people believe. This story doesn’t begin with Trump. For decades, Republicans and Democrats alike have employed xenophobic ideas and policies, declaring time and again that “illegal immigration” is a threat to the nation’s security, wellbeing, and future.
The profound forces of all-American nativism have, in fact, been pushing politics so far to the right over the last forty years that, for many people, Trump began to look reasonable. As Daniel Denvir argues, issues as diverse as austerity economics, free trade, mass incarceration, the drug war, the contours of the post 9/11 security state, and, yes, Donald Trump and the Alt-Right movement are united by the ideology of nativism, which binds together assorted anxieties and concerns into a ruthless political project.
All-American Nativism provides a powerful and impressively researched account of the long but often forgotten history that gave us Donald Trump.
Tuesday March 3, 7:00PM
Rachel Vorona Cote publishes frequently in such outlets as the New Republic, Longreads, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Literary Hub, Catapult, the Poetry Foundation, Hazlitt, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where her essay on Taylor Swift and Victorian female friendship was one of the site's most read essays in 2015. She was also previously a contributing writer at Jezebel. Rachel holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and was ABD in a doctoral program in English at the University of Maryland, studying and teaching the literature of the Victorian period. She and her husband live in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C.
Laura Bogart is the author of the forthcoming Don't You Know I Love You
(Dzanc). Her work has been featured on The Week, The Atlantic, The A.V.
Club, Salon, The Guardian, and NYLON.
"A weeping woman is a monster. So too is a fat woman, a horny woman, a
woman shrieking with laughter. Women who are one or more of these things
have heard, or perhaps simply intuited, that we are repugnantly
excessive, that we have taken illicit liberties to feel or fuck or eat
with abandon. After bellowing like a barn animal in orgasm, hoovering a
plate of mashed potatoes, or spraying out spit in the heat of
expostulation, we've flinched-ugh, that was so gross. I am so
gross. On rare occasions, we might revel in our excess--belting out
anthems with our friends over karaoke, perhaps--but in the company of
less sympathetic souls, our uncertainty always returns. A woman who is
Too Much is a woman who reacts to the world with ardent intensity is a
woman familiar to lashes of shame and disapproval, from within as well
"Written in the tradition of Shrill, Dead Girls, Sex Object and other frank books about the female gaze, TOO MUCH encourages women to reconsider the beauty of their excesses-emotional, physical, and spiritual. Rachel Vorona Cote braids cultural criticism, theory, and storytelling together in her exploration of how culture grinds away our bodies, souls, and sexualities, forcing us into smaller lives than we desire. An erstwhile Victorian scholar, she sees many parallels between that era's fixation on women's "hysterical" behavior and our modern policing of the same; in the space of her writing, you're as likely to encounter Jane Eyre and Lizzie Bennet as you are Britney Spears and Lana Del Rey.
"This book will tell the story of how
women, from then and now, have learned to draw power from their
reservoirs of feeling, all that makes us 'Too Much.'"
Thursday March 26, 8:00PM
A people's history of the poetry workshop from a poet and labor activist heralded by Adrienne Rich for "regenerating the rich tradition of working-class literature."
Social Poetics documents the imaginative militancy and emergent solidarities of a new, insurgent working class poetry community rising up across the globe. Part autobiography, part literary criticism, part Marxist theory, Social Poetics presents a people’s history of the poetry workshop from the founding director of the Worker Writers School. Nowak illustrates not just what poetry means, but what it does to and for people outside traditional literary spaces, from taxi drivers to street vendors, and other workers of the world.
Mark Nowak is the author of Coal Mountain Elementary, Shut Up Shut Down, and Revenants.
He is the recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism
and fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. Nowak has
led poetry workshops for workers and trade unions in the US, South
Africa, the UK, Panama, the Netherlands, and elsewhere. He is currently a
professor of English at Manhattanville College and the founding
director of the Worker Writers School.
“Whether unpacking Mikhail Bakhtin’s ‘unity of the emerging idea,’
demonstrating the practical application of alliteration, or recalling
his daughter teaching youth prison poets origami, Mark Nowak testifies
to the urgency and intimacy of poetry in our prisons, union halls, and
workers’ centers. Social Poetics tracks what happens when
people gather around poems: conjunctions, dialogues, imaginative
militancy, solidarities. This supple, comprehensive book is a study in
the poetics of bearing witness, bearing tools, and bearing
possibilities.” -Terrance Hayes