Join us in conversation with two extraordinary local authors, Richmond's first Black woman Poet Laureate CieraJevae, author of Unto Ivy’s Rib, and Oakland poet Tyson Amir, author of Black Boy Poems: An Account of Black Survival in America.
You’ll have the pleasure of experiencing both spoken word artists/authors reading selections from their books; we’ll talk about the creative process that allows such deeply personal stories to be brought to life, the inspirations behind the words, and get to know two rising local stars. This event is for everyone - children, teens, and adults.
To join us, please register with your email on this page.
You will receive information on how to access the Zoom event on the day before the program. For closed captioning please contact the library within 72 hours of the event. This program will be recorded for later viewing on our YouTube page.
This community gathering is hosted by Contra Costa County Library’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Committee.
About the Authors
CieraJevae is a Richmond Native serving her community as a teaching artist, a healer, Poet Laureate, writer, activist, and scholar. She reps her ancestors, & shines light on the lived experiences of the divinity in Black women & girls through poetry and performance. She is the published author of her new collection of poems, Unto Ivy's Rib, as well as the author of two chapbooks, Testimonies of Richmond, and Incarcerated Words. She obtained her B.A in Sociology, and her MFA in Writing. Her work highlights the intersectionality of Black girls and women and incarcerated communities while centering joy, self-discovery, and healing.
Tyson Amir combines his experience surviving America as a black man with hip hop prose, and original analysis to shape a very necessary revolutionary statement fit for the 21st century. Black Boy Poems: An Account of Black Survival in America was released on Oct. 15th 2016 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party.