Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Free Event: Poetry & Democracy in Morristown

What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy.

Each March, members of the National Poetry Coalition present special programming focused on a shared theme of social importance.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, from 1:00-2:30 pm and 3:00-4:30 pm. Click HERE for full schedule.
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, the Morristown & Morris Township Library, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Church of the Redeemer. (Click for addresses and directions)
ADMISSION: free, public event
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This event will feature poetry readings, conversations, q&a, panel talks, performances and writing activities led by poets including:

Janet AalfsJan BeattyReginald Dwayne BettsCortney Lamar CharlestonCat Doty Rigoberto Gonz├ílezJoe WeilRachel Wiley
We’ll also be joined by speakers from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Wind of the Spirit (a local immigrant resource center) and musicians the Parkington Sisters.

Afternoon sessions will include:

  • several poets reading poems & joining in conversation with participants
  • conversations and panel talks
  • writing activities

We'll be exploring:

  • youth incarceration and voting rights for previously incarcerated citizens
  • LGBTQ rights
  • the lives of the working poor
  • race and violence
  • immigrant experiences

...and more.

The evening’s music and poetry performance (6:30-8:00 pm), In Praise: a Thousand Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Earth, will celebrate gratitude across boundaries of race, creed, sexual orientation, ethnicity and gender and will feature music by the Parkington Sisters.

If you're a teacher, you can earn Professional Development Hours for attending.
Register for the afternoon sessions only, the evening event only, or both!

We're hosting this event as part of the national Poetry Coalition's annual programming initiative focused on a theme of social importance. To learn more about the Poetry Coalition, click here.

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