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You Can Catch Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Perform This Week

By Ashlyn Davis

L.A. native Amanda Gorman will be reading as part of a nationwide African American poetry celebration.

If the powerful reading of ‘The Hill We Climb’ at the inauguration left you in awe, then you’ll want to clear your Zoom schedule on January 28. Angeleno and first National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman will be reading for Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters.

Library Foundation of Los Angeles hosts the event as part of the nationwide celebration of 250 years of African American poetry. This will coincide with the release of Kevin Young’s anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song and center around the rich and diverse tradition of Black poetry in key places like Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Robin Coste Lewis and Safiya Sinclair will also be reading and Kris Bowers will be performing music for the evening.

To join the free Zoom event, you can reserve a space online with the option to purchase a $50 ticket that benefits LFLA—which includes a free copy of the book.

Time: 5 p.m.

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