PEN Out Loud: Mahogany L. Browne + Alyesha Wise
Poet, author, and literary organizer Mahogany L. Browne visits PEN America Los Angeles to share new poems exploring the experience of Black womanhood in America. Join Browne and award-winning poet Alyesha Wise for a not-to-be-missed reading, conversation, and Q&A celebrating Browne’s exquisite new collection Chrome Valley and her trailblazing path as a performance poet, curator, and community builder carving out new spaces for poetry, social justice, and the next generation of change-makers.
This in-person program will be co-presented by Reparations Club and is made possible in part by the support of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.
Mahogany L. Browne, selected as one of the Kennedy Center’s Next 50, is the executive director of JustMedia, founder of the Woke Baby Book Fair, and artistic director of Urban Word NYC. Her most recent works include Woke: A Young Poet’s Guide to Justice, the young adult novel Vinyl Moon, and the new poetry collection Chrome Valley.
Alyesha Wise is a poet, teaching artist, and co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement, an organization providing poetry education and extensive programming for poets. Wise is currently the Director of Program Development for Street Poets. As slam team head coach, Alyesha has led teams from Da Poetry Lounge to the final stage at The National Poetry Slam and is a two-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist. Her work has been featured by OWN, BET, Huffington Post, Afropunk, PBS, LA Times, Buzzfeed, Free Speech TV, and more. She has collaborated with The Nantucket Project, the ACLU of Southern California, Brave New Films, and has been featured in the Google Interstellar Project, in conjunction with the hit film Interstellar.