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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.

POETRY & LITERATURE

The following citations for poetry may be initially helpful locating immediate sources in the popular press and social media.  Successful search techniques include by: person, region, time period, style, and genre.  Additional tips may include searching by locations of creative writing residency programs or fellowships for contemporary poets - see examples of Cave Canem, Poetry House, Pen America.  For further research using literary databases, book reviews, journals, and archives, please see Harvard Library Guide on Literary Research.

Keyword Search Terms:  poetry, literature, criticism, interpretation, rhetoric, (also see music.)

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Literary Balms: A Virtual Community Writing Project
Cave Canem
Sandra Bowie, Malcolm Tariq, Natalie Desrosiers, and Della Green
https://cavecanempoets.org/community-support-a-message-from-cave-canem/

blog Cave Canem
A Playlist for the April 2020 Issue
Poetry Foundation
Tishani Doshi 
April 3, 2020

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2020/04/a-playlist-for-the-april-2020-issue-5e8350caf3970
blog Carlo Pizzati
One World Ideas x Action and The Apollo Theater Presents Ta-Nehisi Coates and Heather McGhee
Random House
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Heather McGhee
Apr 17, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc1tqXzJ_YM
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PEN AMERICA LAUNCHES LOCAL HEROES: JOURNALISTS COVERING COVID-19
Pen America
April 20, 2020
https://pen.org/press-release/pen-america-launches-local-heroes-journalists-covering-covid-19/
news Pen America
Black Freighter
Poetry Foundation
Tongo Eisen-Martin
​April 24, 2020
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2020/04/black-freighter
blog Painting by Biko Eisen-Martin.
Pandowrimo
adriennemareebrown.com


http://adriennemareebrown.net/2020/05/05/pandowrimo/
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Heart First Into This Ruin: In her unsettling and candid poems, Wanda Coleman challenged the rot of American racism.
Poetry Foundation
Lizzy LeRud
​May 11, 2020

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/153468/heart-first-into-this-ruin

blog Photo by Rod Bradley.
An African Literary Festival for the Age of Coronavirus
New York Times
Abdi Latif Dahir
May 14, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/books/afrolit-sans-frontieres-africa-literature.html
news Writers participating in Afrolit Sans Frontieres this month. Top row, from left: Dilman Dila, Molara Wood, Max Lobé, Virgilia Ferrão. Second row: Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, Leila Aboulela, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Tanella Boni. Third row: Vamba Sharif, José Agualusa, Chimeka Garricks, Masande Ntshanga. Bottom row: Mubanga Kalimamukwento, Angela Makholwa, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Tochi Onyebuchi.Credit...via Afrolit Sans Frontiers
Poetry Foundation Leadership Resigns After Black Lives Matter Statement
New York Times
Jennifer Schuessler
June 9, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/books/poetry-foundation-black-lives-matter.html
news Henry Bienen, shown presenting the 2019 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize to Marilyn Nelson, stepped down as president of the Poetry Foundation on Wednesday.Credit...Peter Wynn Thompson/Associated Press
A reading of "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave"
The Agitator Broadcast, American Writers Museum
Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Nora Brooks Blakely, Maudlyne Ihejirika, Layla F. Saad, Angélique Roché, Dr. John Stauffer, Jacqueline Woodson, Mikki Kendall, Dr. Ivy Wilson, Colin Johnson, and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.
June 11, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-Bzbt5BJlo&feature=youtu.be
video The Agitator Broadcast

The Poems That Poets Turn to in a Time of Strife
New York Times
Andrew LaVallee
June 11, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/11/books/poetry-poets-recommendations.html?referringSource=articleShare

news Haki Madhubuti was among the Black Arts Movement poets who “creatively mirrored the unrest of the enraged masses who took to the streets,” Kwame Alexander said.Credit...Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images
‘Say Thank You Say I’m Sorry’: The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown writes for the Book Review about life during the pandemic.
New York Times
Jericho Brown
June 15, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/books/review/jericho-brown-say-thank-you-say-im-sorry-poem-coronavirus.html
poem, audio “I am here for the people.” The poet Jericho Brown.Credit...Audra Melton
‘Weather’: The poet Claudia Rankine writes for the Book Review about the climate in America at this moment.
New York Times
Claudia Rankine
June 15, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/books/review/claudia-rankine-weather-poem-coronavirus.html
poem, audio “We’re out / to repair the future.” The poet Claudia Rankine.Credit...Ike Edeani for The New York Times
LIVE POETRY READING - Gabriel Ramirez
CCCADI
Gabriel Ramirez
June 23, 2020
https://www.instagram.com/p/CBzHZsTJYt6/
social media, poetry, live reading undefined
THE PEN POD: EVERYWHERE YOU DON’T BELONG WITH GABRIEL BUMP
Pen America
Gabriel Bump
June 29, 2020
https://pen.org/the-pen-pod-gabriel-bump/?mc_cid=c8cdf395f0&mc_eid=96cecbb99d
advocacy, podcast, audio Photo by Jeremy Handrup
THE PEN POD: ON THE INEQUITIES OF SURVIVAL WITH MEGAN GIDDINGS
Pen America
Megan Giddings
June 30, 2020
https://pen.org/the-pen-pod-megan-giddings/?mc_cid=c8cdf395f0&mc_eid=96cecbb99d
advocacy, podcast, audio undefined
Mayor De Blasio: Expand COVID19 relief funding to NYC's literary arts community
change.org
New York City Literary Action Coalition
July 6, 2020
https://www.change.org/p/mayor-bill-de-blasio-mayor-de-blasio-expand-covid19-relief-funding-to-nyc-s-literary-arts-community
advocacy New York City Literary Action Coalition started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
The Decameron Project
New York Times
Sophy Hollington, Shawna X, Monica Ramos, María Medem, Kyutae Lee, Derek Abella, Klaus Kremmerz, Sophi Miyoko Gullbrants, Linda Merad, ABANG, Richard A. Chance, Marly Gallardo, Charlotte Edey, Flora Mottini, Jaedoo Lee, Shannon Lin, and Jacky Myint
July 8, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/07/magazine/decameron-project-short-story-collection.html
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https://contactos.tome.press/rambling-through-a-of-few-months-of-covid-19/