Queer Poetry Reading Group: Black Girl, Call Home

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As part of the center's recognition and celebration of Black History Month, the Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the February 2022 discussion of the center's Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans, a "Most Anticipated Book of 2021" by Oprah MagazineEssence, Cosmopolitan, and Reader's Digest, among others.

From spoken word poet Jasmine Mans comes an unforgettable poetry collection about race, feminism, and queer identity. With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, Mans writes to call herself -- and us -- home. Each poem explores what it means to be a daughter of Newark and America -- and the painful, joyous path to adulthood as a young, queer Black woman.

Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering Black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing.

Vogue writes, "Spoken-word poet Jasmine Mans’s gift with words is nothing short of sublime, and the territory she explores in this poetry collection—from waiting for her mother to get home from work and do her hair as a child in Newark to coming into her full as a young, queer Black woman—couldn’t be more necessary."

Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you don't need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link -- and 10% of your purchase supports free arts programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in e-book, audiobook, and paperback formats.

The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill and is sponsored by Lehigh University's Southside Initiative and Humanities Center. This program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

This meeting will be held in person and will be sober-social, so no alcohol will be present. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required. Email [email protected] with any questions.

February 15, 2022 at 6:30pm - 8pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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