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lyrically luscious Poem Stories w/ Saida Agostini, Dr. Tara Betts, and Teri Ellen Cross Davisand

October 18, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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About the Authors

Saida Agostini

Saida Agostini is a queer Afro-Guyanese poet whose work explores the ways Black folks harness mythology to enter the fantastic. Her work is featured in Plume, Hobart Pulp, Barrelhouse, Auburn Avenue, amongst others. She is the author of STUNT (Neon Hemlock, October 2020), a chapbook reimagining the life of Nellie Jackson, a Black madam and FBI spy from Natchez Mississippi. Her full-length collection, let the dead in, was released by Alan Squire Publishing in Spring 2022. A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, her work has received support from the Ruby Artist Grants, and the Blue Mountain Center, amongst others. She lives online at www.saidaagostini.com and currently serves as President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

Dr. Tara Betts

Tara Betts is a literary giant, whose latest work, Refuse to Disappear, just released this past summer. Dr. Betts is also the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. In addition to her work as a teaching artist and mentor for young poets, she has taught at several universities, including Rutgers University and University of Illinois-Chicago, and at Stateville Prison via the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. She is the  Poet for the People Practitioner Fellow  at University of Chicago. Betts serves as Poetry Editor at The Langston Hughes Review and is founder of the nonprofit organization The Whirlwind Learning Center on Chicago’s South Side.


Teri Ellen Cross Davis

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of a more perfect Union, 2019 winner of The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize and Haint: poems, winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Teri is also one of the latest recipients of the 2022 Independent Arts Award for Montgomery County, Maryland. She’s a Cave Canem fellow, member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective, and works as the Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.


October 18, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm