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L.A. Times Book Club: Black Poets in a Time of Unrest

Join us Sept. 24 for Black Poets in a Time of Unrest, a book club evening that includes National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis in conversation with Times reporter Makeda Easter.

This free virtual book club event starts at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 and will be live streaming on the Los Angeles Times Facebook page, YouTube and Twitter. More info & tickets available here.

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Robin Coste Lewis is the Los Angeles poet laureate, author of “Voyage of the Sable Venus” and a writer in residence at USC. She’ll talk about her tenure as the city’s reigning laureate and life as a poet.

She joins a lineup of poet performers sharing their experiences in verse. Among them:

Natalie J. Graham is the author of “Begin with a Failed Body,” her debut poetry collection. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and chair of the African American Studies Department at Cal State Fullerton. 

Ashaki M. Jackson is the author of two chapter-length collections, including “Language Lesson.” She is a social psychologist and program evaluator in Los Angeles.

Douglas Kearney has published six books and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Raised in Altadena, Kearney’s newest book, “Sho,” will be published in 2021. 

jayy dodd is the author of “Mannish Tongues” & “The Black Condition ft. Narcissus.” Born in Los Angeles and now based in Portland, her film & performance work has been installed & screened across the country from classrooms to museums. 

Kima Jones is a Los Angeles poet and founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts. She is co-host of the event with the L.A. Times Book Club.

Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of three poetry collections, “Red Summer,” “Darktown Follies” and “Imperial Liquor.” Born and raised in Compton, he is former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and is now an English professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Khadijah Queen is the author of six books, including “I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On.” Her latest book“Anodyne,” was published in August by Tin House.

Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781101911204
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Published: Knopf - November 21st, 2017

Begin with a Failed Body: Poems (Cave Canem Poetry Prize) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780820351209
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Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2017

Buck Studies Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780986437373
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Published: Fence Books - November 29th, 2016

Someone Took They Tongues Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780990661252
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Published: Subito Press - April 1st, 2016

Mess and Mess and Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781934819517
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Published: Noemi Press - October 15th, 2015

Patter Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781597095808
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Published: Red Hen Press - March 1st, 2014

The Black Automaton (National Poetry Series Books) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781934200285
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Published: Fence Books - December 1st, 2009

FEAR, SOME Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781597090711
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Published: Red Hen Press - August 1st, 2006

The Black Condition Ft. Narcissus Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781937658977
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Published: Nightboat Books - April 16th, 2019

Imperial Liquor: Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822966067
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - February 25th, 2020

Darktown Follies: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936797394
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Published: Tupelo Press - November 1st, 2013

Anodyne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781947793804
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Published: Tin House Books - August 18th, 2020

I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had on Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936919468
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Published: Yesyes Books - March 15th, 2017