• Mimi Tempestt, Raina J. León

CANCELED: Reading: Joy and Pain: Poetics of Black Delight

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Programmed by Michal “MJ” Jones

...come celebrate
with me that every day
something has tried to kill me
and has failed
--Lucille Clifton, "won't you celebrate with me"

In this reading, we are sharing stories of Black winning, Black resilience, Black embodiment, and Black delight. We are sharing the sacred balance of joy & pain, of loss & triumph. Come celebrate with us. Featuring poets:


Raina J. León is an Afro-Latina, native Philadelphian, daughter, sister, madrina, comadre, partner, poet, writer, and teacher. A founder of the Acentos Review, she is the author of Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate.

Mimi Tempestt is an artist, writer, educator, and graduate student who lives in Los Angeles and Oakland. Their works shed light on the complexity of being black, queer, and femme while navigating through the world.