TONIGHT: Juneteenth Poetry Reading with Jabari Asim and Porsha Olayiwola

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Poetry is most powerful in times of radical change and these days there are more radical than most. That’s why we’re excited about Stop and Frisk: A Juneteenth Poetry Reading with Jabaro Asim and Porsha Olayiwola, hosted by Porter Square Books. The online event celebrates the release of Asim’s new poetry collection Stop & Frisk: American Poems.

Jabari Asim is a powerful writer and director of the MFA program at Emerson. He’s got a bibliography a mile long with a lot of important work but is beloved around Scout HQ for the eminently re-readable children’s book Whose Knees Are These? Like, wow, did we re-read that one. It’s a nominee for Board Book GOAT, for sure.

Porsha Olayiwola, author and international slam poetry champion, is Boston’s Poet Laureate and a riveting reader and thought-provoker. Olayiwola is the also Artistic Director for the very cool Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective, a youth poetry and activism program. Her writing is spellbinding. Her delivery is soul-moving, Her resume jaw-dropping.

Stop & Frisk: American Poems happens on Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. Visit the Porter Square Books website for more details and upcoming events.