Readings from The Collected Poems of Lorenzo Thomas

In the 1970s Lorenzo Thomas, poet, scholar, and youngest member of the Umbra workshop, wrote the lines, “We did them a fortune. We did / Them a favor just being / Ourselves inside of Them” (The Bathers, 1981), exploring through his poetry what he also examined as a scholar — the history of black art, culture, and activism, the works and worlds black artists made possible, the vibrant meaning they created or unveiled. Please join us in a celebration of his life and work, in advance of the publication of The Collected Poems of Lorenzo Thomas, with readings by A.L. Nielsen, Ras Moshe Burnett, Lydia Cortes, Patricia Spears Jones, Charles Bernstein, Erica Hunt, William J. Harris, and Tracie Morris.

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