#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Danez Smith's Don't Call Us Dead

Experience the infectiously powerful and hard-hitting words of American poet Danez Smith, as they bring their most recent collection Don't Call Us Dead to the UK for the first time, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7 p.m., at Kings Place. Smith will be joined by UK-based poet Jay Bernard. Activist Imani Robinson will host the event.
Danez Smith is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Award and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, black movie (Button Poetry, 2015), winner of the Button Poetry Prize, and hands on your knees (Penmanship Books, 2013).
Jay Bernard works as a writer and film programmer at BFI Flare, London’s LGBT film festival. They are the author of three pamphlets, The Red and Yellow Nothing (Ink Sweat & Tears Press, 2016), English Breakfast (Math Paper Press, 2014), and Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (tall lighthouse, 2008). Their work has been featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, including TEN: The New Wave, Voice Recognition, Out of Bounds: Black British Writers and Place, and Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology.
Imani Robinson is a London-born, British-Caribbean, and African-American organiser. She has been working collaboratively to strengthen movements and build consciousness about issues concerning anti-black racism, black feminist liberation, LGBQTNI+ rights, and decolonial environmental politics. Imani is deeply invested in liberating minds and livelihoods through art, education, movement-building, and dialogue.

This event is in partnership with Poet in the City and Out-Spoken and is supported by Chatto & Windus.

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