“One thing poetry teaches us,” Clifton once said, “is that everything is connected. There is so much history that we have not validated.” Clifton, an African-American poet who tackled the difficult subjects of injustice, racism, and sexism in her work, died Feb. 13  at the age of 73.
The mission of Festival de la Palabra is to internationalize Puerto Rican literature through the promotion of reading and creative writing in Puerto Rico and the creation of meeting spaces between writers and readers at school, national and international levels. Since Hurricane Maria, organizers and volunteers from Festival de la Palabra (FDLP) have been engaged in relief activities supporting some of the most isolated communities and youth through the arts. FDLP’s projects are based in Loíza, Puerto Rico, a historically Afrxdescendiente area of the island.
Moya Bailey’s Storify of the Race, Memory, and the Digital Humanities Conference at William & Mary.
I delivered Thursday’s keynote. P. Gabrielle Foreman delivered the closing keynote. Marcia Chatelain gave a talk on Sunday morning. Pamela Z performed.
(Moya, we missed you)
Thank you Liz Losh for organizing an epic event. Experience it (or revisit) the events here: