In-person tickets for this program are sold out, but the event will be livestreamed on the Poetry Foundation’s website. This program will include ASL interpretation and auto-captioning.
This first day of the Poetry Is Not a Luxury program, entitled Poetic Freedom, will feature a live taping of the Poetry Foundation’s VS podcast with co-hosts Ajanaé Dawkins and Brittany Rogers and guests Arisa White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. Attendees in this participatory event will have the chance to reflect on notions of care, freedom, and intimacy through group conversation, interactive games, and engaged listening.
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.