The Mighty Stream – poems in celebration of Martin Luther King

Date(s) - 11/11/2017
All day

Newcastle University Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

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About The Mighty Stream – poems in celebration of Martin Luther King

Poems in celebration of Martin Luther King. To be published by Bloodaxe Books and edited by Jackie Kay and Carolyn Forché.

This anthology gathers poets from both sides of the Atlantic to address the challenges set out by Dr King. It’s a shock to think how little has changed, and that Martin Luther King could well be speaking right here, right now. In the spirit of Dr King and his work as a humanitarian and activist, this anthology brings together poems that offer powerful testimonies to the urgent issues Dr King defines and represents the polyphony of voices that speak in resistance to our continuing problems of racism, poverty and war.

Featuring poems by Ishion Hutchinson, Vahni Capildeo, Jericho Brown, Moniza Alvi, Nikki Giovanni, Daljit Nagra, Thylias Moss, Bernardine Evaristo, E. Ethelbert Miller, Hannah Lowe, Willie Perdomo, Mimi Khalvati, John Keene, Dorothea Smartt, Philip Metres, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Lauren K. Alleyne, Rishi Dastidar, Kendel Hippolyte and many more.

The book launch event on 11th November will bring poets from the States, and Professor Forché, to read their work and discuss the issues, alongside poets from the UK.