Pollution, Place, and the People: Poetry, Panel, & Discussion
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

Pollution, Place, and the People: Poetry, Panel, & Discussion

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Poetry performance and activist panel discussion. A collaboration to celebrate 100,000 Poets for Change and increase awareness and bridge-building around environmental justice issues in Birmingham.

On September 28 from 2-6 pm, we and our partners at Scalawag Magazine and PEN America will be holding the 4th Annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change: Birmingham at DISCO.

Our focus this year will be on Environmental Justice, and the dangerous inequities of soil, air and water pollution in our state.
"Place, Pollution, & The People," is a community response bringing together journalists, poets, artists, and thinkers on the topic of pollution and its effects on place and person. Please RSVP here and/or on our eventbrite page. bit.ly/PollutionPlacePeople

When we say we are from a place--or we live in a place--that means we invest in that place with our bodies, taxes, families, and futures.

Poets will read poems on the topic of Alabama environmental justice and the legacy of pollution on both the land and our bodies. Scalawag Magazine will also curate a panel including local activists, reporters, government officials, artists, and health professionals on the continued effects of environmental pollution and how the community is coming up with solutions.

Refreshments and Bar.

The event is free, but donations to GASP will be gladly accepted.

Articles to inform invitees: Series of articles to read about our approach to the larger issue of environmental justice and reparations:

GASP website

https://gaspgroup.org/about-us/

Green from Below by Zaina Alsous highlights the intersectional and multidimensional approach to ecological reform
https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2019/06/green-new-deal-editorial/

Southerners Combating White Supremacy Profile: Esther Calhoun by Salaam Green discusses the specific effects of environmental racism on Black Belt communities as well as the ways in which journalists can partner to strengthen grass-roots efforts
https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2017/12/scws-profile-calhoun/

Southerly x Scalawag Series on Environmental Justice highlighting the health effects and its relationship to infrastructure
https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2018/07/the-rural-souths-invisible-public-health-crisis/

https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2018/07/in-the-black-belt-a-template-for-fixing-failing-sewage-infrastructure/

https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2019/06/environmental-justice-civil-rights/

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A Community Conversation on Freedom of Expression
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

A Community Conversation on Freedom of Expression

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Freedom House 205 & Real Life Poets, Inc. Presents:
Magic City Voices-A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION! Join Real Life Poets as we moderate a community conversation with some of Birmingham's gifted creatives discussing what freedom of expression means to them from a hip hop perspective. There will be great conversion and live performances based on freedom of expression.
The Kickback will be the DJ for this beautiful situation!
This is a free community event!

This event will be live streamed!
Audience will be encouraged to participate!
Sponsored by Magic City Poetry Festival and Pen America

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Teen Poetry Slam & Open Mic featuring Jahman Ariel Hill
Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

Teen Poetry Slam & Open Mic featuring Jahman Ariel Hill

  • Arrington Auditorium, Linn Henley Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a teen slam/open mic featuring Jahman Ariel Hill.

Readers ages 14-19 are invited to share their poetry, music, and comedy at this open mic. We’ll also have Real Life Poets and students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts opening for our featured reader, world renowned slam artist Jahman Ariel Hill.

This event will be held in the Arrington Auditorium of the Linn Henley Building.

Free registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-poetry-showcase-tickets-59227817998

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MCPF EcoPoetry Fellow: River Poet Dedication Ceremony
Apr
20
3:00 PM15:00

MCPF EcoPoetry Fellow: River Poet Dedication Ceremony

Join us as we induct Tina Mozelle Braziel as 2019’s Magic City EcoPoetry Fellow. This year’s fellow will focus on our rivers, and conduct at least one program on this topic during the 2019 calendar year.

Tina will give a brief reading on the bank of the river at the park area behind the Senior Activities Center in Trussville, across from the Trussville Sports Park. Local artist Travis Craig will also present Tina with a special commemorative creation.

In partnership with the Cahaba River Society.

This is an outdoor event. Please dress comfortably.

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Happy Hour

Join us from 7-8pm for poetry happy hour at Tropicaleo!

Come out to Tropicaleo this Friday from 7-8pm to get a Dixie Dickel (whiskey courtesy of Dickel) created by Birmingham bartender Allie Phifer, inspired by MCPF founder Ashley M. Jones' poem, "Riddled in the Heart of Dixie" (Magic City Gospel, Hub City Press). The drinks are one penny each, and 2019 Magic City River poet Tina Mozelle Braziel will be on hand to read the poem to you (or give you an autographed copy!) And, there's plenty of great food at Tropicaleo, so stay for dinner!

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New Alabama Poetry Reading [CANCELED]
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

New Alabama Poetry Reading [CANCELED]

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, we will cancel our New Alabama Poetry Reading that was to take place tonight at the Homewood Library. We hope everyone is safe tonight!

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Join local poets with recently released books as they share their work. Poets TJ Beitelman, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Emma Bolden, and Jessica Smith will read.

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Sonia Sanchez Keynote Reading [CANCELED]
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Sonia Sanchez Keynote Reading [CANCELED]

  • Jefferson State Community College, Shelby Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

UPDATE: Regrettably, we must inform you that our free “Evening with Sonia Sanchez” event has been canceled due to an unforeseen medical issue. Sanchez says she is unavailable to attend any of her planned events for April, including our festival.

Of course, we are sad she cannot attend our festival this year, not only because she is one of Birmingham’s most renowned daughters, but because she also means so much to our MCPF staff and the Birmingham poetry community at large. We were looking forward to seeing her speak and interact with her audience. However, we wish her a speedy recovery, and we can’t wait until she can inspire poetry lovers on the rest of her tour dates this season.

We hope you understand and send well wishes Sanchez’s way as well. We also hope you stick with us throughout the rest of the month and take part in the other events we have planned, such as “Sister City Listens to Community: Poetry on the Freedom House Mic” at Freedom House, “New Alabama Poetry” with local poets TJ Beitelman, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Emma Bolden and Jessica Smith, and the BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez screening at Homewood Public Library.

We also hope you continue to support us in the future. We are committed to expanding the opportunities for Birmingham poets and lovers of poetry to commune, and we will continue to strive to bring you quality events such as this “Evening with Sonia Sanchez.”  We hope you continue to place your trust in us to fulfill our mission.

Thanks,

The MCPF Team

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Sonia Sanchez Keynote Reading

Location: Jefferson State Community College, Shelby Campus

Join us for the 2019 Magic City Poetry Festival Keynote Reading by world renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez. Sanchez was one of the founding members of the Black Arts Movement, which changed the face of American poetry and still impacts writers today. Ms. Sanchez will read her work and leave us with the electricity and power of her poetry and her brilliance.


To register for this FREE event, click here.

UPDATE: This event is currently sold out, but you can add your name to the waiting list by emailing Katherine Boyer at kboyer@jeffersonstate.edu.

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Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Sister City Listens to Community: Poetry on the Freedom House Mic

Come start off the week of Sonia Sanchez' visit to Birmingham for the Magic City Poetry Festival and National Poetry Month with an afternoon of spoken word and open mic entertainment, featuring the voices of the Magic City's women. Bring your words to the open mic.

Featuring:
Salaam Green
Maria Vargas
Sanovia Muhammad
Joi Miner
Beth Bradley
Yogi Dada
Laura Secord aka Mojo Mamma
Jacqueline Cockrell
and special guest: April Pipkins, mother of E.J. Bradford

There are 8 open mic slots open for pre-registration. DM Laura Secord to secure your slot. More slots will be available but limited the day of the event.

Coffee and treats from Church Street Coffee and Books

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Black Enough : Jahman Ariel Hill
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

Black Enough : Jahman Ariel Hill

At the MCPF, we love to share poetry events happening during the month of April - here’s one you don’t want to miss by our friend, Jahman Ariel Hill.

After a successful preview and workshop of the show Off Broadway, Black Enough is bringing the Flourish to Birmingham on April 13th. From the mind of poet and educator Jahman Hill, tihis one man show is a time-bending reimagining of the world around us. Hill takes us on a exciting journey through song, dance, poetry, and humor. Tackling topics of childhood, race, gender, and more, Hill challenges us to Flourish unabashedly and unapologetically. The message for Black people everywhere is simple: you are enough.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-enough-birmingham-tickets-59058427346?fbclid=IwAR1JfG-Ze-HoqXuEZoI3opK3dATxEfOaxEWfPDSRFJ6S9Rkyax_HPGsurS0

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Free Poetry Workshop for Teens
Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Free Poetry Workshop for Teens

  • Birmingham Public Library Arrington Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join National Student Poet Daniel Blokh and Real Life Poets’ Zadren Hill as they lead poetry workshops for teens and young adults in anticipation of the teen slam/open mic later in the month.

Workshops will cover creating and editing poetry as well as performance tips. Refreshments provided.

April 13’s workshop will be held in the Arrington Auditorium in the Linn Henley Building.

Free registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-poetry-workshop-tickets-59227794929

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In Translation: Reading and Discussion
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

In Translation: Reading and Discussion

  • Alabama School of Fine Arts Lecture Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join a panel of readers (Iris Rinke-Hammer, Alina Stefanescu, Desai Ogada, Daniel Blokh, Maria Vargas) as they read in a language other than English. No translations!

After the reading, panelists will participate in a discussion about writing in another language and translating, and the difficulties of existing in a world which tries to privilege English above all else.

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Future Minds Clapback: A Community Poetry Event
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Future Minds Clapback: A Community Poetry Event

Round off the first weekend of the Magic City Poetry Festival and National Poetry Month with an afternoon of spoken word and open mic entertainment, featuring the voices of the Magic City's young adult poets.

Featuring:
Eric “Mrvll” Marable
Jasper Kennedy
Mango Miner

There are 8 open mic slots open for pre-registration. DM either Admin to secure your slot. More slots will be available but limited the day of the event.

Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by Illyshia Parker and Laura Secord.

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Woodlawn Poetry Block Party
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Woodlawn Poetry Block Party

Join us for a party to ring in National Poetry Month! Directly following MCPF's day at the Woodlawn Street Market, join us near the WOODLAWN mural for a dance party from 7-9pm. Dirty Red's food truck will be on site, and DJ Rynea Soul will provide the tunes. (EDIT 4/6: The party is now held inside DISCO due to rain)

This is purely a party, y'all, so come celebrate poetry and Birmingham with us! Bring a friend!

Also on site:

  • Burdock Book Collective will be sharing books.

  • Mini book fair for Birmingham poets (bring those poetry books to sell and share with the community)

  • Open mic

  • Dirty Red food truck

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3rd Annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

3rd Annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival

Presented by Real Life Poets, Inc. and Aura Literary Magazine, this daylong spoken word poetry festival includes free workshops and events for all aspiring storytellers, truth-tellers, writers, poets, and mic mavens:

  • How to Be a Published Author

  • Creating Zines

  • The Art of Performance

  • What Great Writers Know

  • Podcast Do’s and Don’ts

Register online at www.uab.edu/studentmedia. It will be amazing.

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Free Poetry Workshop for Teens
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Free Poetry Workshop for Teens

  • Birmingham Public Library Arrington Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join National Student Poet Daniel Blokh and Real Life Poets’ Zadren Hill as they lead poetry workshops for teens and young adults in anticipation of the teen slam/open mic later in the month.

Workshops will cover creating and editing poetry as well as performance tips. Refreshments provided.

Apirl 6’s workshop will be held in the Central Branch in he the boardroom on the 4th floor.

Free registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-poetry-workshop-tickets-59227696635

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MCPF Kickoff/MLK Day of Remembrance featuring L. Lamar Wilson and Ashley M. Jones
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

MCPF Kickoff/MLK Day of Remembrance featuring L. Lamar Wilson and Ashley M. Jones

MCPF Kickoff/MLK Day of Remembrance

Featuring: L. Lamar Wilson and Ashley M. Jones

In this kickoff event, the festival reprises its tradition of commemorating the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an event that combines poetry, history, and social activism. Poets L. Lamar Wilson and Ashley M. Jones will present an evening that remembers Dr. King’s fight for justice and equality while also bringing today’s iterations of the causes he held dear to light. Light refreshments provided.



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