THE SUMMONING OF BLACK JOY | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

THE SUMMONING OF BLACK JOY | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

Date and Time

Dec 3, 2023 6:00 pm

Location

Hyattsville

5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, Maryland, 20781

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As the 2023-2026 Poet Laureate of Prince George's County, Maryland, Ali-Coleman brings her profound understanding of the human experience and her unwavering dedication to social justice to the forefront. This collection speaks directly to the hearts of its readers, inspiring reflection, empathy, and a call to action.

In a world that too often tries to silence voices, Ali-Coleman's poetry resounds with unyielding power, demanding to be heard. This poetry collection is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and a celebration of the indomitable joy that can rise even in the face of adversity. It is a book that will leave an indelible mark on its readers, reminding us all of the importance of recognizing and amplifying the stories of the Black experience.

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman and the Ladies of Liberated Muse are joining us on the Busboys stage to discuss Coleman’s debut poetry collection. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during and after the event, and the author will be signing following the program.

This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of THE SUMMONING OF BLACK JOY will be available for purchase before and after the event. Please note that this event is IN PERSON and will NOT be livestreamed.

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Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is currently the 2023 Poet Laureate of Prince George's County, MD. She is author of the children’s book Mariah’s Maracas and co-editor of the book Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture. A playwright, too, she has had more than a dozen of her plays presented publicly in venues throughout the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Alliance, and Baltimore Theater Project. She was a Theater Alliance Quadrant Playwright from 2019-2021, a Fulbright-Hays scholar, a Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist awardee and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Prince George's County African-American Museum and Cultural Center. She is the founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group and executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

Liberated Muse is a multi-disciplinary artist collective presenting music, theatre, spoken word and films that highlight the experiences and stories of people of the African diaspora since 2008. Liberated Muse's work also focuses on the work of women who have used their platform for social justice. 

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