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Senga Nengudi: Poetic Response
July 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree but donation appreciated; registration required
Writers Greg Tate, Trapeta Mayson, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs read works inspired by the poetry and art of Senga Nengudi, currently the focus of the exhibition Senga Nengudi: Topologies.
Greg Tate is a writer, musician, and cultural provocateur who lives in Harlem. His books include Flyboy in the Buttermilk, Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader, and Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. In addition to writing about Senga Nengudi, he has written monographs and essays about artists Chris Ofili, Wangechi Mutu, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellen Gallagher, Kehinde Wiley, and Rammellzee for institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, ICA Boston, and the ICA London.
Trapeta B. Mayson is the City of Philadelphia 2020–2021 Poet Laureate. She reads her poetry widely and works extensively facilitating poetry and creative writing workshops. Her work sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience as well as amplifies the stories of everyday people. She is the author of She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies. Other publications include submissions in the American Poetry Review, Epiphany Literary Journal, Aesthetica Magazine, and Margie: The American Journal of Poetry.
Kai Davis is a performer, teaching artist, and Black Queer writer whose work explores womanhood, Queerness, Blackness, and how these identities converge. Her work also explores how power works internally, interpersonally, nationally, and globally. She speaks on Black love, Queer love, intersectionality, mental health, ancestral trauma, Black womanhood, misogyny, structural racism, and more. Kai Davis has performed for NPR, PBS, BET, CNN, and TEDx Philly.
Jasmine L. Combs is a writer, editor, and teaching artist from Philadelphia. She is the author of two poetry collections, Universal Themes (2014) and This Drowning Was a Baptism (2019). Her work has also been published in literary journals such as Apiary, Vagabond City Lit, Vinyl Poetry, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Prolit Magazine. She was the 2015 Philly Pigeon Grand Slam Champion and won the 2016 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. Her work focuses on the intersecting relationships between Blackness, womanhood, mental illness, family, love, and home.