This Friday, June 20th, International Arts & Artists hosts the second in its "Hillyer Open Mic Events" (HOME) spoken word poetry series. In keeping with IA&A's mission of promoting cross cultural understanding through the arts, the HOME series provides a forum for expression, exchange of ideas and artistic collaborations. This month's featured HOME poet is Derrick Weston Brown. Brown holds an MFA in creative writing from American University where he studied poetry under Cornelius Eady and Henry Taylor. He teaches two poetry classes at The Duke Ellington School of The Arts and is the Poet-In-Residence at Busboys and Poets bookstore and restaurant.
This event is free for IA&A members and $5 for non-members. All proceeds go towards supporting Hillyer's local artist series and public programs in the gallery.
Also this Thursday, June 19th don't miss "Poetic Voices from the Harlem Renaissance to Today" at The Phillips Collection (6:30pm) featuring readings by E. Ethelbert Miller, poet and director of the African American Studies Resource Center at Howard University, and Hari Jones, curator of the African American Civil War Museum. Selected readings will highlight issues facing African-American artists during the Harlem Renaissance and Great Migration. Artist Fred Joiner will moderate a conversation that examines the poetry of Langston Hughes and the writings of Jean Toomer to explore the theme of migration both past and present. This event is free with a suggested donation.
These events offer a special opportunity to experience a range of work by established and emerging literary artists living and writing in D.C., amidst the settings of one of Washington's most respected modern art museums and one of its most up-and-coming contemporary art galleries.
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