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[VIRTUAL] 2021 Magic City Poetry Festival

image of a building with a mural of painted figures in blue, green, and yellow; a sign on the top of the building reads "Magic City"; silhouette of a tree on the left; below the image is the Magic City Poetry Festival logo and PEN America Birmingham logoThe PEN America Birmingham Chapter is proud to partner with the Magic City Poetry Festival for its fourth year in celebration of local and national poets and writers and the literary community of in Birmingham, AL. Check out our full roster of events below!


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MLK Day of Remembrance with Faylita Hicks
Saturday, April 3, 2021
4:00pm – 6:00pm CT

It is a Magic City Poetry Festival annual tradition to host a reader who speaks truth, power, and justice into the space of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Remembrance. This year, the festival is thrilled to host poet and creator Faylita Hicks. The reading is free and open to the public.


Khalisa Rae and Rachel Eliza Griffiths headshots

Magic City Conversations: Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Khalisa Rae
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
7:00pm – 8:00pm CT

Join Khalisa Rae, author of Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths, author of Seeing the Body, for a reading of their latest works, followed by a conversation on how identity and place inform the craft of their poetry.


Headshots of Jason McCall, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, and Kimberly Casey

All Around Alabama Inaugural Reading: Jason McCall, Kimberly Casey, and Jacqueline Trimble
Sunday, April 11, 2021
7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Meet the first three feature poets, Jason McCall, Kimberly Casey, and Jacqueline Trimble, for the inaugural event of the All Around Alabama Reading Series, where Magic City Poetry Festival passes the reading and organizing baton all around the state of Alabama to create a map of poets that speaks to the vitality and spirit of the state.


A headshot of Salaam Green over a bright pink background with bright orange shapes under the featured text; on the left is the Magic City Poetry Festival logo, the Hoover Public Library logo, and the PEN America Birmingham logo

Write to Heal Workshop with Salaam Green
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
6:00pm – 7:30pm CT

Eco-poet Salaam Green will host a free virtual workshop on writing to heal in partnership with Hoover Public Library. This is open to the public.

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