“our people deserve/ poetry without meter. we deserve our/ own jagged rhythm & our own uneven/ walk towards sun.” On Thursday, August 13 at 8:00PM ET, join Nate Marshall and Morgan Parker in conversation with One World senior editor Nicole Counts on Zoom as they discuss poetry, music, and how the Black vernacular expands our notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope: Black possibility; Black futurity; Blackness as tomorrow. A Long Walk Home, an organization that empowers young artists and activists to end violence against all girls and women, will partner with us on this event.
The Marguerite Casey Foundation is generously purchasing copies of Nate Marshall’s Finna to give away to people who sign up early for this event! MCF is an organization dedicated to helping low-income families build power, strengthen their voice, and mobilize their communities in order to achieve a more just and equitable society for all. Their grant-making provides substantial multiyear general support to organizations that support low-income families advocating on their own behalf for change. We are grateful for their partnership and support of One World.
If you are interested in receiving a free copy of Finna, please fill out this Google Form with your name and mailing address. Note that the quantity is limited and that this offer is first-come, first-served.
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Nate Marshall is an award-winning writer, rapper, educator, and editor. He is the author and editor of numerous works including Wild Hundreds and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective and co-directs Crescendo Literary.
Morgan Parker is a poet, essayist, and novelist. She is the author of the young adult novel Who Put This Song On?; and the poetry collections Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, and Magical Negro, which won the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award.
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