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
61 West Superior Street
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.
This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.