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Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance-- Nikki Grimes in conversation with Susana Morris

Event date: 
Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Charis Black Feminist Book Club welcomes Nikki Grimes in conversation with Susana Morris for a celebration of Grimes' young adult poetry collection, Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance. This all-ages event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. We encourage adults to watch this event with a young feminist or poet in their lives.

From Children's Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes a feminist collection of poetry celebrating the little-known women poets of the Harlem Renaissance--paired with full-color, original art from today's most talented female African-American illustrators.

For centuries, accomplished women--of all races--have fallen out of the historical records. The same is true for gifted, prolific, women poets of the Harlem Renaissance who are little known, especially as compared to their male counterparts.  

In this poetry collection, bestselling author Nikki Grimes uses "The Golden Shovel" poetic method to create wholly original poems based on the works of these groundbreaking women-and to introduce readers to their work. 

Each poem is paired with one-of-a-kind art from today's most exciting female African-American illustrators, including: Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Cozbi Cabrera, Pat Cummings, Nina Crews, Laura Freeman, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Ebony Glenn, April Harrison, Ekua Holmes, Keisha Morrison, Daria Peoples-Riley, Andrea Pippins, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

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Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of the Children's Literature Legacy Award, the Virginia  Hamilton Literary Award, and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children Her distinguished works include Southwest Sunrise, illustrated by Wendell Minor; the Printz Honor and Sibert Honor book Ordinary Hazards; NAACP Image Award nominee Planet Middle School; Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade; Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin’s Notebook, Talkin’ About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings, which was also named an ALA Notable Book; and What Is Goodbye?, an ALA Notable Book. www.nikkigrimes.com, Twitter: @nikkigrimes9

Susana Morris is an associate professor of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is co-founder and contributing writer for the popular feminist blog, The Crunk Feminist Collective. Her first book is Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature. Her most recent books are the anthology The Crunk Feminist Collection, which was co-edited with Brittney Cooper and Robin Boylorn and , a short story collection of horror written by Black women co-edited with Kinitra D. Brooks and Linda Addison. Morris is also series editor, along with Kinitra D. Brooks, of the book series New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative. She is currently at work on her latest academic book project, which explores depictions of Black women vampires, Afrofuturism, and feminism.

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Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681199443
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 5th, 2021

From Children's Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes a feminist-forward new collection of poetry celebrating the little-known women poets of the Harlem Renaissance--paired with full-color, original art from today's most talented female African-American illustrators.


One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681196022
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - August 4th, 2020

"One Last Word is the work of a master poet." - Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Crossover


Southwest Sunrise Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781547600823
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - May 5th, 2020

From Children's Literature Legacy Award winner Nikki Grimes and highly-acclaimed illustrator Wendell Minor comes a stunning picture book about the beauty of the natural world and finding a new place to call home.

The beauty of the natural world is just waiting to be discovered . . .


Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781629798813
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Published: Wordsong - October 8th, 2019

A Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book
A Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Teens

Six Starred Reviews -- ★Booklist ★BCCB ★The Horn Book ★Publishers Weekly ★School Library Connection ★Shelf Awareness


Bronx Masquerade Cover Image
$8.09
ISBN: 9780425289761
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Published: Speak - August 8th, 2017

The beloved and award-winning novel now available in a new format with a great new cover!


Jazmin's Notebook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780141307022
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Published: Puffin Books - January 1st, 2000

Jazmin Shelby was "born with clenched fists"-which is okay, since she's got a lot of fighting ahead of her. Her dad died a couple of years back, and now that her mom's in the hospital, it's just her and her big sister, CeCe. But that's fine by Jazmin. She's got her friends, her school, lots of big plans for the future-and a zest for life and laughter that's impossible to resist.


Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman  Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780439352437
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Published: Orchard Books - November 1st, 2002

Soar along with Bessie Coleman in this inspirational tale of a woman whose determination reached new heights.

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn't do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn't let that stop her.


Dark Sons Cover Image
$8.09
ISBN: 9780310761501
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Published: Blink - January 3rd, 2017

A guy whose father ripped his heart out too.

You and me, Ishmael, we're brothers, two dark sons.

Destroyed, lost, and isolated, the perspectives of two teenage boys--modern-day Sam, and biblical Ishmael--unite over millennia to illustrate the power of forgiveness.


The Road to Paris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142410820
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Published: Puffin Books - January 10th, 2008

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book


Words with Wings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590789858
Availability: Special Order
Published: Wordsong - September 1st, 2013

Gabby's world is filled with daydreams. However, what began as an escape from her parents' arguments has now taken over her life. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer, and words that carried her away might allow her to soar.


Event Summary: 
The Charis Black Feminist Book Club welcomes Nikki Grimes in conversation with Susana Morris for a celebration of Grimes' young adult poetry collection, Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance.