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Writing & Organizing in the Black Radical Tradition, with Evie Shockley & Christian Snow (4/19)

Mon, April 19th, 2021
6:00 pm
- 7:30 pm

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The Brew & Forge Lecture Series puts poets and political organizers in conversation to exchange perspectives and encourage collective dreaming. The two speakers present on their work, followed by a panel in which they discuss the intersecting roles of activism and the arts in envisioning the future of social justice movements.


The Fall 2020 BFLS will be a virtual reading, presentation, and panel discussion on the topic of writing and organizing in the Black Radical Tradition. Poet and scholar Evie Shockley will be in conversation with Christian Snow, Executive Director of Assata’s Daughters in Chicago, IL. Guests will present and discuss their work, including the impact of 1970s Black liberation movements on the contemporary landscapes of poetry and activism. Q&A will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Register via Zoom at this link.


EVIE SHOCKLEY is a poet and scholar. Her most recent poetry collections are the new black (Wesleyan, 2011) and semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017); both won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the latter was a finalist for the Pulitzer and LA Times Book Prizes. She has received the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Stephen Henderson Award, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Cave Canem. Shockley is Professor of English at Rutgers University and author of the critical book, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (University of Iowa Press).

ASSATA’S DAUGHTERS is a Black woman-led, young person-directed organization rooted in the Black Radical Tradition. AD organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services. Through their programs, AD aims to deepen, escalate, and sustain the Movement for Black Liberation.

This event, organized by Professor Franny Choi, Bolin Fellow in English, is made possible through the co-sponsorship of English, Africana Studies, WGSS, the Black Student Union, the Lecture Committee, and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies. Contact fc3@williams.edu for more information.

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