Windows Series Preshow Event
We Are Each Other’s Harvest: A Gathering of Poets
6:30–7:30pm in Music Center Education Room 402
Join us as before Manual Cinema’s No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks for an exploration of DC’s grassroots poetry scene.
While Brooks was based in and wrote powerfully about her hometown of Chicago, her influence and inspiration reached to DC and lives among us now. Scholar and poet Kim Roberts opens with a brief historical lecture about three African American women who were forces for community-building among poets in DC: Gwendolyn Brooks, May Miller, and Georgia Douglas Johnson. These women created salons for poets to gather, hear one another’s work, and share ideas. This nurturing and collaborative spirit thrives today in a constellation of DC-area poetry spaces, including Busboys and Poets, the Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Spit Dat poetry slam, Words Beats and Life, and Split This Rock.
Following the lecture, Dwayne B, co-host of Spit Dat, hosts a reading with local poets Morgan Butler, Brandon Douglas, and Marjan Naderi.
Seating for this event limited, and advance registration is highly recommended. Access to the preshow event is free with a Manual Cinema show ticket.
Please be sure to have your show ticket with you when checking in. Seats will only be available to those who have registered until 6:20pm, at which point remaining seats will be released to those in the standby line.