American Poets Corner: The Induction of Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde has been elected the 2020 inductee to the American Poets Corner at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In Poets Corner tradition, a memorial stone carved with Lorde’s dates and a quotation from her poem “A Litany for Survival” will be laid in the Cathedral, placing Lorde amongst her fellow American literary giants.

The Cathedral will celebrate the life and works of Audre Lorde, poet, essayist, feminist, educator and activist, with a virtual induction ceremony on Thursday, February 18 at 6 pm EST via Zoom. Readers and participants will include members of Lorde’s family and fellow poets including Dante Micheaux, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Martha Collins, Cathedral Poet in Residence Marie Howe, United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and more to be announced.

Lorde’s writings are both deeply personal and committed to a liberatory political vision. Her poems and essays openly discuss her lesbianism, Blackness, motherhood, cancer diagnoses, and many other facets of her life, exploding notions of both white male dominance and cultural homogeny within progressive social movements. These many layers of selfhood, expressed through lyrical writings both prose and poetic, celebrate difference, inviting readers to draw upon their own personal journeys to add to the shared fight for justice and community.

Join us on Thursday, February 18 at 6 pm EST for the virtual induction ceremony. Free and open to the public. 

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