One Poem: A Protest Reading in
Support of Black Lives
The founding members of the Poetry Coalition, a network of 25+ poetry organizations from across the United States, are honored to present One Poem: A Protest Reading in Support of Black Lives on Tuesday,August 18 at 8 PM EST via live broadcast. In this nationwide reading curated by the coalition, a poet invited by each founding member organization will share a poem in support of Black lives.
Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, has invited Emma Trelles to perform her poem, “How We Lived.”
Emma Trelles is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the author of Tropicalia (University of Notre Dame Press), winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, a finalist for Foreword/Indies poetry book of the year, and a recommended read by The Rumpus. She is currently writing a second book of poems, Courage and the Clock. Her work has been anthologized in Verse Daily, Best American Poetry, Best of the Net, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity, and others. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in the Poetry Coalition’s "One Poem: A Protest Reading in Support of Black Lives"; the Santa Barbara Literary Journal; the South Florida Poetry Journal; SWWIM; Zócalo Public Square; the Colorado Review; and Spillway. A CantoMundo Fellow and a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, she lived and worked for many years as an arts journalist in South Florida and now lives with her husband in California, where she teaches at Santa Barbara City College and curates the Mission Poetry
Full Roster of Poets
Raina J. León
Mwatabu S. Okantah
avery r. young
This virtual event is free. Attendees will have the opportunity to contribute funds to support organizations nationwide working against injustice.
About the Poetry Coalition
The Poetry Coalition is a national alliance of more than 25 organization dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. Members are nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is to promote poets and poetry, and/or multi-genre literary organizations that serve poets with disabilities and of specific racial, ethnic, or gender identities, backgrounds, or communities. All members present poets at live events. Each March, members present programming across the country on a theme of social importance. The Poetry Coalition is coordinated by the Academy of American Poets and we are grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its support of this work.