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    Dark Room Collective: Thomas Sayers Ellis, Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, Major Jackson, John Keene, Sharan Strange and Nehessaiu deGannes

Poetry off the Shelf
Dark Room Collective: Thomas Sayers Ellis, Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, Major Jackson, John Keene, Sharan Strange and Nehessaiu deGannes

Thursday, April 12th, 7:00 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street 

Advanced reservations no longer available; standby tickets released on a first come, first served basis on the day of the event

Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange attended the funeral of James Baldwin and left regretting that they had never met the celebrated author. In an effort to connect writers, the two Harvard undergraduates founded the Dark Room Collective in 1987. The Collective began as a forum for young African-American writers and later hosted a celebrated reading series that paired established authors with emerging voices. Collective alumni Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, Major Jackson, John Keene, and Nehassaiu deGannes join the founders for a reunion reading.

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