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#BlackPoetsSpeakOut Poetry Workshop

KST Presents

November 9 | 6:30p

6p Doors open
6:30p Workshop starts
KST Alloy Studios
5530 Penn Ave :: Map


Co- Presentation with The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh

Starting as a Tumblr hashtag video campaign, Black Poets Speak Out unities poets from across the country who refuse to accept the continuous murders of black people. Video responses to these atrocious events us the force of art to transform policy, redefining what is normal.

Black Poets Speak Out organizing members Jericho Brown, Mahogany L. Browne and Amanda Johnson, will lead participants in an interactive poetry workshop at KST’s Alloy Studios followed by a community poetry reading and #BlackPoetsSpeakOut videos.


Jericho Brown
Jericho Brown has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Award. He is an associate professor at Emory University. Mahogany L. Browne is a California-born, Brooklyn-based writer, educator, activist, mentor, and curator. Her most recent books are Smudge and Redbone. She directs the poetry program of the Nuyorican Poets Café. Amanda Johnston is an Affrilachian poet and Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, founder of Torch Literary Arts, and faculty with the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

Mahogany L. Browne, Cave Canem and Poets House alumnae, is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line. Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee, having released five LPs and co-producing poetry events including Jam On It and Soundbites Poetry Festival. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. he is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Brown is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and currently an MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute.

Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies, Small Batch, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts.