Black Language and Music
Wednesday, February 17, 7p
Dr. Tara Betts, Sequoia Maner, and Tony Bolden share and consider a few poems from African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song. They will also talk about the overlapping riches of Black language and music. These two expressions are not only valuable in the classroom, but in how they document the experiences of individual poets and Black people.
Tara Betts is the author of Arc & Hue and the chapbooks 7 x 7: kwansabas and THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali. Tara received her Ph.D. at Binghamton University and her MFA from New England College. In addition to performing her poems across the country and internationally, Tara’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including POETRY, Gathering Ground, Bum Rush the Page, Villanelles, both Spoken Word Revolution anthologies, The Break Beat Poets, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements and GHOST FISHING: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology.
Tony Bolden is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at University of Kansas. He is the author of Afro-Blue: Improvisations in African American Poetry and Culture and Groove Theory: The Blues Foundation of Funk.
Sequoia Maner is a poet and assistant professor of African American literature
Sequoia Maner is a poet and assistant professor of African American literature at Spelman College. Her writing has been published in The Feminist Wire, Meridians, Obsidian, The Langston Hughes Review, and other venues.
Presented by: One Book One Bronx, Literary Freedom Project, Lift Every Voice, Lehman College. Lehman College Library. CUNY Center for the Humanities.