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Poetry, Race, and Racism: November 7th Poetry Workshops

As part of our “Conversations that Challenge:  Poetry, Race, and Racism,” four writing workshops will be offered on Saturday, November 7th, at the Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford. Two workshops will be offered at 1:00 pm, and two at 2:00 pm.

Workshops at 1:00 pm:

  • Kate Rushin:  “People in Me:  Poems Inspired by Women’s Words and Music”
  • David Mills:  “Blues by You:  Using Your Blues to Generate Poems”

Workshops at 2:00 pm:

  • Antoinette Brim:  “Zuihitsu-ing the News:  Poems and the Historical Record”
  • Rickey Laurentiis:  “Poetry and (Visual) Culture; Collapse the GaP Between!”

Admission is free.  All workshops last 50 minutes.

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About the presenters:rickey-laurentiis

Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press). He is a recipient of a 2014 fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.

Antoinette Brim


Antoinette Brim is the author of two collections of poetry. She is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee.




Kate Rushin is the author of The Black Back-Ups (Firebrand Books). She has held fellowships from the Kate RushinFine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her poems appear in Raising Lily Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace and Sunken Garden Poetry. “My Lord What a Morning,” inspired by the contralto, Marion Anderson, was commissioned by The Arts and Ideas/ CT Freedom Trail Poetry Project. She has led workshops for CT Humanities, The Hartford History Center/ Hartford Public Library and The Mark Twain House.





david millsDavid Mills is a writer and actor. For three years, he lived in Langston Hughes’ landmark home where he was inspired to create a one-person dramatic rendition of Hughes’ poems and short stories. He is the author of two collections of poetry: The Dream Detective, and The Sudden Country. Mills was commissioned to write a play for Julliard, the narration for Deborah Willis’ exhibition, “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers” and for I Giullari Di Piazza’s folkdance piece, “Tarantella.”

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