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The Black Matter Is Life: Emphatic Affirmations - Poetry Event (VIRTUAL)

***This event is now fully virtual***

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Presents:
The Black Matter is Life: Emphatic AffirmationsPoetry Event (3 of 3)
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Doors 6:30pm / Event 7pm
Location: Zoom


***Due to current COVID transmission levels, the BHTNH team has decided to move to a fully virtual format. We look forward to seeing you all on Zoom from the safety of your homes.***

REGISTER TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY HERE. <---Tickets still available!


The Black Matter is Life: Emphatic Affirmations

Guest Poet: Sonya Sanchez


(Study guide)


About The Black Matter is Life: Poetry for Engagement and Overcoming

Poetry Reading & Discussions

Join us in an exploration of the vast diversity within African American poetic tradition.

UNH professor Reginald Wilburn and Phillips Exeter Academy professor Courtney Marshall will facilitate three conversations (November 18, December 16, and January 20).

Each discussion deconstructs four poems grouped by themes. Conversations will center these poems within the context of the African American literary tradition, their cultural heritage, the traditions they encompassed, and the relevance this tradition has to us today. The series will also explore the question, “Why does African American Poetry matter?”

Poetry is a powerful art form, one that offers profound insights into what it means to be human. Through the creative, succinct, and melodious use of language, poets render into words their joys, their challenges, their vulnerabilities, and their discoveries, thus providing shape and meaning to the human connection and shared emotional experience.

This program is designed to build bridges across the racial divide by introducing the audience to the writings of a number of African American poets whose work has shone a light on a rich cultural heritage that has often gone unexplored. We ask the audience to consider how African American poetry provides tools for healing our nation’s deep racial wounds.

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Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

As part of our mission to provide a place for community to gather, 3S Artspace is proud to partner with Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire for this series.


Thank you to our year-round Lead Sponsors: Raka, PixelMedia, and The Stebbins Family.