Poetry Is Not a Luxury Day 2: Poetic License 


November 11, 2023    
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue , New York, NY
Free with RSVP

This program is free with RSVP and will include ASL interpretation. Link to RSVP

In this second day of the Poetry Is Not a Luxury program, entitled Poetic License, poets and artists will share new work, work in-progress, and artistic reflections that express Lorde’s conviction that “poetry is not a luxury.” Featuring panel discussions, poetry readings, and performances, the day will be interspersed with moments of grounding and personal reflection alongside pauses for inter-audience dialogue and connection.

Participants include Alexandra Bell, Gabrielle Civil, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Daria Simone Harper, francine j. harris, Omotara James, Charleen McClure, Ladan Osman, Nicole Sealey, Evie Shockley, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, and Robyne Walker Murphy. A schedule will be posted in the fall.

Poetry Is Not a Luxury

Grounded in the sentiment of Audre Lorde‘s 1977 essay “Poetry Is Not a Luxury,” this two-day gathering brings contemporary artists and poets together with museum audiences to explore poetry’s ability to invoke sensuality, caesura, and care. Designed by 2023 Poet-in-Residence Ama Codjoe, this convening of discussion and exchange will illuminate poetry’s role in enabling humans to imagine, dream, and craft the kind of language that precipitates political action, communal nurturing, and social change.