The Free Black Women's Library Literary Sessions: February - Honoring Alice Walker and Audre Lorde.
The Literary Sessions honor Black women authors born in that month. Guests are welcome to come and listen to readings of these author’s work and possibly be inspired to write, draw and create what they feel based on the reading or the prompts offered.
About the presenter:
OlaRonke Akinmowo is a Black feminist scholar, librarian and interdisciplinary artist who primarily works in collage, paper printmaking, and installation. She is also a set decorator, yoga teacher, and mom. Her work is informed by ritual, research, and identity. She aims to provide alternative contexts around race, gender and class, as well as examine the sacred aspects of history and culture. She sees life, nature and archives as necessary and sacred.
In 2014 she birthed The Free Black Women’s Library, a public art project that centers and celebrates Black women writers, artists and activists. This biblio installation currently holds a collection of over one thousand books written by Black women, and features workshops, readings, performance, film screenings and critical conversation. It has been installed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCADA Museum, Weeksville Heritage Center, Concord Baptist Church, National Black Theater and Nurture Art Gallery. Ola is a recipient of multiple grants and fellowships from varying organizations including the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Awesome Foundation, Culture Push, The Laundromat Project and The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio.
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