Fall 2020


Celebrating artistic excellence in the African Diaspora online and beyond

Join us for our  Fall 2020 #ObsidianVoices lineup:

  • SEP 25 @ 7PM EST  Speculating Futures: Black Imagination FEATURING Walidah Imarisha, Reynaldo Anderson & Arthur Flowers
    Moderated by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • OCT 23 @ 7PM EST – See What I’m Saying Is: A Live Reading FEATURING Chaun Webster & LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
    Moderated by Douglas Kearney
  • NOV 6 @ 7PM EST – Speculating Futures: Afrofuturism FEATURING Olivia E. Raymond, Milton Davis, Nicole Givens Kurtz &
    Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki Moderated by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • NOV 13 @ 7PM EST – Eye Heard That!: A Live Reading FEATURING avery r. young & Rosamond S. King
    Moderated by Douglas Kearney

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About the Artists

avery r young

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avery r. young is an interdisciplinary artist and educator, a 3Arts Awardee, one of four executives for The Floating Museum, and Poetry Editor for Bridge. His poetry and prose are featured in several anthologies and periodicals including; Berkeley Poetry Review 49Poetry Magazine, and photographer Cecil McDonald Jr’s In The Company of Black. He is the featured vocalist on flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (FPE Records), and young’s latest full-length recording, tubman (FPE Records), is the soundtrack to his first collection of poems, neckbone: visual verses (Northwestern University Press).

Rosamond S. King

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Rosamond S. King is a creative and critical writer and performer. Rosamond’s poetry publications include All the Rage (2021), the Lambda Award-winning Rock | Salt | Stone, and poems in more than three dozen journals, blogs, and anthologies, including The Feminist WireHyperallergicHarriet, and The Caribbean Writer. Her book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination was named “Best Book” by the Caribbean Studies Association. King is creative editor of sx salon and associate professor at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York.

Douglas Kearney

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Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer, librettist, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly awardee, and a Cave Canem fellow. He’s published six books and teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Most recently, he published Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry, and silver medalist for the California Book Award (Poetry). BOMB says: “[Buck Studies] remaps the 20th century in a project that is both lyrical and epic, personal and historical.” A Howard University and CalArts alum, Kearney teaches Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in St. Paul. www.douglaskearney.com

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