Lorde Knows #2

Mahogany L. Browne, Cynthia Manick, Natasha Ria El-Scari, and avery r. young

Saturday, April 24, 2021
12:30 – 2:00 pm


In conjunction with Anastacia-Renée’s solo exhibition (Don’t Be Absurd) Alice in Parts, four of her most beloved poets will read their works in engagement with and in response to her exhibition. This reading will be interspersed with the poets’ reflections on the exhibitions and the ideas that fuel their practices.


Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator. Executive Director of Bowery Poetry Club & Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC & Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of most recent works: Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby & Black Girl Magic. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) and editor of Soul Sister Revue: A Poetry Compilation (Jamii Publishing, 2019) and The Future of Black: Afrofuturism and Black Comics Poetry (Blair Publishing, forthcoming 2021). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, MacDowell Colony, and Château de la Napoule among others. She is Founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue; and her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, AGNI, Callaloo, Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently serves on the board of the International Women’s Writing Guild and the editorial board of Alice James Books.

Natasha Ria El-Scari is a writer, editor, Cave Canem alum, performance poet and educator for over a decade. She is also a life coach and editor. Her poetry is widely published and she is the author of five books, three spoken word CDs (available on all media outlets) and one DVD. She is the founder/curator of Black Space Black Art and the founder/owner of the Natasha Ria Art Gallery (formally El-Scari Harvey Art Gallery) in Kansas City, MO.

avery r. young is a 3Arts Award-winning teaching artist, composer, and producer with work that spans the genres of music, performance, visual arts and literature. Examining and celebrating Black American history and culture, his work also focuses in the areas of social justice, equity, queer identity, misogyny, and body consciousness. As a writer, this Cave Canem alum has work featured in The Breakbeat Poets, Coon Bidness, to be left with the body, and Make Magazine. He has also written curriculum and essays on arts education that appear in the Teaching Artist Journal and A.I.M. Print.

Explore this collection of recommended reading for the exhibition available for purchase at the Museum Store’s website.

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