#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: A Tribute to June Jordan

A Tribute to June Jordan is an intergenerational exploration of the legendary poet’s life, work, and legacy. This daylong conference on Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Proshansky Auditorium C-Level Rooms - The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City, will begin with a keynote address by Jan Heller Levi. A series of lectures, discussions and readings will follow featuring, aracelis girmay, E. Ethelbert Miller and Evie Shockley, among many others.

Free and open to the public, this event is co-presented by Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, and the June M. Jordan Literary Estate Trust.


10:30 am - 11:15 am
Keynote Lecture by Jan Heller Levi

11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Liberatory Pedagogy with Conor Tomás Reed, Makeba Lavan, Talia Shalev and Dorothy Wang

12:15 pm -1:15 pm

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint for Building Literary Communities with Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Joseph O. Legaspi and Deborah Paredez, moderated by Hafizah Geter

2:45 pm - 4 pm
For the Sake of People’s Poetry: Panelists Discuss Jordan’s Essay about Inclusivity and Accessibility with Donna Masini, E. Ethelbert Miller and Evie Shockley, moderated by Erica Hunt

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
We’re On: Writers in Conversation About How the June Jordan Reader Can Carry Us Into New Forms of Revolution w/ Suzanne Gardinier, Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Patricia Spears Jones, moderated by Carey Salerno

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

6:30 pm
A Reading of June Jordan’s work with Jennifer Benka, Dr. Joshua Bennett, Hafizah Geter, aracelis girmay, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Erica Hunt, Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Spears Jones, Christoph Keller, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Joseph O. Legaspi, Evie Shockley and Christopher Soto, among others.

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