Poetry Reading ft Sutherland, Jones, Hashim, Matthews, & Mcbride-Ahebee

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Kirwyn Sutherland is a Ciinical Research Professional and poet who makes poems centering the black experience in America. He is a Watering Hole fellow and has attended workshops/residencies at Cave Canem, Winter Tangerine, Poets House, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, and Pearlstein Art Gallery at Drexel University. Kirwyn was a member of the 2015 Philadelphia Pigeon Slam Team that made Semi-Finals at the National Poetry Slam and also was a member of  the 2016 Philadelphia Fuze Poetry Slam Team.  Kirwyn’s work has been published in American Poetry Review, Blueshift Journal, APIARY Magazine, FOLDER, The Wanderer and elsewhere.  Kirwyn has served as Editor of Lists/Book Reviewer for WusGood magazine and poetry editor for APIARY Magazine. Kirwyn is currently teaching Spoken Word/Poetry Performance at the University of the Arts. Kirwyn’s chapbook Jump Ship was released in December 2019 by Thread Makes Blanket Press and distributed by AK Press.

Kassidi Jones a poet cautiously representing Connecticut. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in English and African American Studies at Yale. A 2017 Callaloo fellow and a self-proclaimed Scrabble master, Kassidi is an alumna of the Excelano Project, UPenn’s premier spoken word poetry group. Her work can be found in Backbone Press, Winter Tangerine, and Crab Fat Magazine.

Husnaa Hashim is the 2017-2018 Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, and author of the poetry collection Honey Sequence (The Head and The Hand, 2018). She is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania from West Philadelphia and Silver Spring, Maryland. Husnaa has been writing and publishing since the age of ten. She has competed at Brave New Voices, placed first in the Free Library Teen Poetry Slam, and performed at numerous locations such as the Black Muslim Psychology Conference, the Muslim Congress Conference, the Philadelphia Flower Show, and Philadelphia-area colleges. She has received 20+ recognitions from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, including a National American Voices Medal awarded at Carnegie Hall. Husnaa is the recipient of a 2018 “Dare to Understand” Award from Interfaith Philadelphia. Her work has been published by Apiary, The On Being Project, RookieMag, and KidSpirit Online, among others. Previously, she has served as a Student Group Leader for Interfaith Philadelphia’s youth initiative “Walking the Walk,” and as a Teen Council member for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. She enjoys making flower crowns and spending time with her cat, Maya (Angelou) Luna.

Wes Matthews is a Detroit-born, Philadelphia-based poet and essayist. His work has been published in the Detroit Free Press, Scoundrel Time, Dreginald Magazine, and elsewhere. Wes served as the 2018-19 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate and is currently a poetry editor for the Penn Review. He forges his work with an imaginative eye on the meaning of personal and historical landscapes in his world of forward-thinking hope.

Octavia McBride-Ahebee presents human relationships within the context of global inequality. Never are her subjects victims. They seek to be victorious despite great odds. Because much of her work confronts power and gives voice to silenced history, someone recently described her work as the “Empire” talking back; a description she very much embraces. McBride-Ahebee, a mother, educator and writer, was born in Philadelphia, PA and spent many years living in Cote d'Ivoire. Her poetry collections includes Assuming Voices, Where My Birthmark Dances and Praise Song for the Gravediggers.

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Friday, February 7, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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