Saturday October 17th 10:30- 12:00
You are cordially invited to our second book discussion! This event will take place virtually via Zoom. You can join by phone, computer, or both. An invitation link to join the meeting will be emailed to you the day before the event.
Participants are asked to register using the button above.
Come explore the intersections of race and environment in “Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, Edited by Camille T. Dungy.
Black poets have a long tradition of incorporating treatments of the natural world into their work; yet our national heritage is informed by paintings of a lone white male naturalist explorer standing on a cliff ledge, the wilderness before him, who gets to quantify and catalogue the wild environment according to his worldview. At best, marginalized peoples are depicted as disenfranchised “exotic” assistants relegated to the edge of the picture or in their assigned “roles” as slaves or “savages.” In this community discussion, we’ll explore gorgeous nature writings about the pastoral and the wild.
Included are poets writing out of slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century African American poetic movements. Join us!
A packet of selections from the anthology will be available online and at Newark Library. The book is available to borrow through Newark Public Library. It’s also available through Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
Newark Public Library brings Alliance Book Club discussions / community conversations to you in conjunction with Wayne Action for Racial Equality. For more information, call (315) 331-4370.