The Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Potluck Series is a never-ending series of delicious gatherings celebrating, lifting up, studying and utilizing the legacy of Black feminist thought to save our lives and transform our communities in Durham, NC (and in your community if you choose to read along!) All people who are excited to be transformed by the brilliance of Black feminists are welcome to this child-inclusive space!
This summer we will be gathering on 3 Sunday
This summer we will be gathering on 3 Sunday evenings at the new Inspiration Station to eat together and nourish our community and our movement with the brilliance of 3 of Lex's favorite contemporary poets, Mendi Obadike, Samiya Bashir and Evie Schockley. Bring food, receive photocopies of a selection of the featured poets poems and we'll have a conversation that will change our lives!
2012: Focus on Contemporary Black Feminist Poets
This Sunday May 27th 5pm
Mendi Lewis Obadike
Former Durham resident, friend and inspiration to Lex and many others, Mendi Obadike is a deep experimental tribute to reflection, manifestation and love. A student of Lucille Clifton and a everyday example of how to bring poetry to life, her work makes space for conversations we need to have! Join us for a discussion of a sampling of Mendi's poems from Armor and Flesh and get ready to experience an open heart and a tingling of skin! Check out Lex's review of Mendi's recent opera masquerade collaboration with her partner Keith Obadike in 4 Electric Ghosts here to get a sense: http://thefeministwire.com/2012/02/get-there-four-electric-ghosts/
Save the dates for the other two sessions!
Sunday June 17th 5pm
Brilliant poet, educator and smiling visitation of sunshine Samiya Bashir's poetry rocks in your heart whether you read it with your eyes or your mouth. There is something so Sunday-perfect and sanctuary ironic about these poems that you will not want to miss this session! Read Lex's overjoyed review of Bashir's Gospel here: http://blackademics.org/2009/05/18/independent-black-gay-and-lesbian-publisher-redbone-press-presents-gospel-by-samiya-bashir/
Sunday July 22nd
Evie Shockley, also a former Durham resident and student of Lucille Clifton offers urgent experimental resources for Black feminist time travelers and our cluttered pockets. As a scholar and artist her work allows us to speak with historical figures, re-meet ancestors we thought we knew and challenge the ways we internalize space. Half-Red Sea is featured in the Mobile Homecoming web series The Real Reading Rainbow's Kwanzaa poetry recommendations video (actually along with the books by the other poets featured in this series! Check it out here: https://vimeo.com/34218165