Hi! We (Jayson P. Smith & Taylor Johnson) are NOMAD Reading Series: a Brooklyn, NY + Washington, D.C. based series providing platforms to writers interrogating place, process, and everything in-between.
Since its inception in September 2016, NOMAD has hosted two successful seasons of 30+ poets at Branch OFC in Crown Heights. We are beginning our third season with the addition of D.C. native Taylor Johnson & a trip to the New Orleans Poetry Festival!
On Saturday, April 21, poets Sean D. Henry Smith, M’Bilia Meekers, and Nabila Lovelace, will join us for The Escape Is The Method: Black Fugitivity, The Outdoors, & (Re)Considering Elsewhere, where poems will be read in response to “The Black Outdoors” (or, black fugitivity, as defined by Fred Moten and Saidiya Hartman). What does it mean to continue to produce in the constant threat of state terror / violence? In an [American] project not built to hold our bodies / narratives / experiences, how do we gesture towards an elsewhere in our poetics? How do we create meaning from this kind of tension—these “terms and conditions of: our living?
On Sunday, April 22, Jericho Brown will join us at Material Life for a final reading + celebration.
This is where you come in! By April 15th, we hope to raise $2,750 for our trip to New Orleans. The funds contributed will cover:
- on-the-ground transportation
- documentation costs
- honorarium for our readers
while in New Orleans. For the price of a kombucha / Netflix subscription / Lyft you can bring us closer to our goal while investing in Black poetics (and more importantly, black poets).
If you can't donate, don't worry! A share on social media + a kind word goes a long way.
Follow us for updates @nomadreadings on Twitter + Instagram, or our new website!
Links to our work:
Jayson P. Smith
Sean D. Henry Smith
- Tennessee Jones
- Susan Smiley
- latasha solomon
- Robert Gordon
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