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  1. Audre Lorde: Your Silence Will Not Protect You!
    Reading and Discussion Program

    Facilitated by OlaRonke Akinmowo
    September 2018-February 2019
    Saturdays (dates below), 2-3:30pm
    Wendy’s Subway is pleased to present Audre Lorde: Your Silence Will Not Protect You!, a monthly reading and discussion group developed and sponsored by Humanities New York, and facilitated by OlaRonke Akinmowo.
    Participants will come together over the course of six months to engage with the life and work of Audre Lorde (1934-1992), self-described “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” and foremother of intersectionality and radical thinking around race and gender.
    This program is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required. Attendance at all sessions is not required, but recommended!
    September 29
    Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, selected essays (The Crossing Press, 1984)

    October 20
    Alexis de Veaux, Warrior Poet: The Biography of Audre Lorde, Part I (W. W. Norton & Company, 2004)

    November 17
    The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde (W. W. Norton & Company, 1997)
    December 15
    The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde (W. W. Norton & Company, 1997)
    Discussion and writing workshop
    January 19
    Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, selected essays (Persephone Press, 1982)
    February 23
    The Cancer Journals (Aunt Lute Books, 1980)
    OlaRonke Akinmowo is a Black feminist nerd, scholar, and interdisciplinary artist who primarily works in collage, paper making, printmaking, and installation. She is also a set decorator, yoga teacher, and mom. In 2014 she started The Free Black Women’s Library, a public art project that centers and celebrates Black women writers, artists and activists. This interactive biblio installation currently holds a collection of over one thousand books written by Black women, the library also features workshops, readings, performance, film screenings and critical conversation. The library has been installed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCADA Museum, Weeksville Heritage Center, Concord Baptist Church and Nurture Art Gallery. Ola is a recipient of grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Awesome Foundation, was a Culture Push for Utopian Practice Fellow and an Artist in Residence at the Laundromat Project and The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio. Follow her on social media @thefreeblackwomenslibrary to get in touch or stay connected.
    Audre Lorde: Your Silence Will Not Protect You! is sponsored by Humanities New York, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, receiving federal, state, city, and private funding. It provides leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking, and advocacy, in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding int he public arena. www.humanitiesny.org
    Image: OlaRonke Akinmowo, Praise the Lorde, collage and handmade paper