Spirit Spectrum Jul 19, 2022 ZOOM

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
7 – 8:30 pm EST on Zoom

In 2012, Ra Malika Imhotep and their father Akbar Imhotep began a series of intergenerational poetic collaborations under the title ‘Spirit Spectrum.’ Ten years later both Imhotep’s have recently published poetry collections of their own gossypiin and [email protected] 70: Silver Lining Poems. For this event, the two Imhotep’s will exchange poems and discuss the Southern Black Arts landscapes that nourish them.

Join Burnaway for an evening of poetry readings and response. Please register online to attend. This program is open to the public and free with registration, though a $5 minimum contribution is encouraged for those who are not yet members or donors of Burnaway.

a black femme wearing ornate cat-eye glasses in a off-the-shoulder white dress against the trunk of a large tree

Ra/Malika Imhotep is a Black feminist writer and performance artist from Atlanta, Georgia with a PhD in African Diaspora Studies and New Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. As a scholar and cultural worker, Ra is invested in exploring relationships between queer Black femininities, Black vernacular cultures, and the performance of labor. As a steward of Black Studies and Black feminist thought, Ra dreams, organizes, and facilitates spaces of critical reflection and embodied spiritual-political education. Ra is co-author of The Black Feminist Study Theory Atlas and their debut poetry collection gossypiin was published by Red Hen Press in April 2022.

headshot of a Black man with a short salt and pepper afro, wears a white and black collared shirt against a blurred green outdoors background

Akbar Imhotep, storyteller, poet and Toastmaster, took his first creative writing workshop at the Neighborhood Arts Center from Ebon Dooley in 1975. A professional storyteller since 1985, he “tells stories to make a living and writes poetry to stay alive.” His poetry has been published in Pot Likker, Catalyst, and Merge. He has published four poetry collections: Love, Security & Devotion; Beyond Time & Space; Insha’llah & The Creek Don’t Rise; and 70 @ 70: Silver Lining Poems. He has published one novel, For the Love of God, a spiritual romance novel.

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