Poets Discuss Post-Ferguson Life, Raise Money

library booksA poetry reading entitled After Ferguson will take place on Friday, August 4, between 7-8:30 pm, at Live Well Studio located at 971 NW Spruce Avenue.

Published by Tessara Dudley, the anthology of activist poetry After Ferguson: In Solidarity, offers the poets contained therein the opportunity to speak up in the face of continued police brutality and marginalization. The writer and founder of Morning Glory Publishing, Dudley began composing this anthology after spending time in Ferguson, MO. Making contact with writers from the Poets for Ferguson site (http://poetsforferguson.tumblr.com/ ), Dudley tapped into a struggle which spans venues in six states and poets from every conceivable background.

Participating poets include published poet Laura LeHew, Clark County poet laureate Christopher Luna, published poet G.L. Morrison, and slam poet Joli St. Patrick. In addition to poets, performing artist Mariah Leewright added her work to the volume (but is not listed as a performer at the event).

All proceeds from sales of the anthology will go towards organizations struggling to aid Black communities, as well as the families of the victims of police brutality.

Though audience members are requested to donate between $10-$25 sliding scale (going towards Dudley’s trip to Ghana during an upcoming semester), no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/after-ferguson-in-solidarity-a-collection#/. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/588414574660143/ for the event details.

By Ariadne Wolf