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Recent Events

Moonrise Over New Jessup: Jamila Minnicks at Thank You Books

Jamila Minnicks’s novel is a celebration of Black joy and a timely examination of the opposing viewpoints that attended desegregation in America. Join Jamila Minnicks at Thank You Books…

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Banned Books and Body Autonomy in Birmingham

Join PEN Birmingham for a conversation centering on the issue of restrictive book bans in an era of increasing threats to body autonomy.

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[VIRTUAL] 2021 Magic City Poetry Festival

Join the PEN America Birmingham chapter for the Magic City Poetry Festival, a month-long celebration of poetry and the poets of Birmingham and Alabama.

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Pollution, Place, & the People

Join us on September 28 to support local organizations, journalists, and artists, as we tackle this issue through art, media, and action.

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World Press Freedom Day: Birmingham, AL

In Birmingham, we will be having a community conversation about hate speech and its manifestations across journalism and activism.

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An Evening With Sonia Sanchez

Join PEN America for the 2019 Magic City Poetry Festival Keynote Reading by world renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez.

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A Screening of “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez”

Learn more about revolutionary activist and poet, and 2019 Magic City Poetry Festival Keynote Speaker, Sonia Sanchez via this free screening.

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In Translation: Reading and Discussion

Join PEN America for the 2019 Magic City Poetry Festival in a discussion about writing in another language and translating.

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Community Open Mic Poetry Readings

The Magic City Poetry Festival will be celebrating local voices on the mic! Sign up and bring your poems and your love for the Magic City!

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Writers in Community: Birmingham

PEN America hosts a presentation and facilitated discussion around some of the ways Birmingham-area members of the literary and media communities can engage with different local advocacy initiatives, including…

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Birmingham Reads: “Decolonizing Language”

Join us for an interactive community discussion on the effects of colonization on education, language, identity, and power.

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