Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky w/ Jaki Shelton Green, Metta Sáma, Howard Craft | Quail Ridge Books | Page: Readings & Signings | Indy Week
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Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky w/ Jaki Shelton Green, Metta Sáma, Howard Craft 

When: Sun., Nov. 27, 2 p.m. 2016
Price: Free

Durham's activist literary imprint Jacar Press recently published Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky, an anthology of poetry, mostly by African-American writers, in response to police violence against black people. The NAACP's magazine, The Crisis, calls it "one of the most extensive treatments in verse of African-American victims of violence during the contemporary era." Edited by Tony Medina, the anthology includes contributions by writers as renowned as Rita Dove, Mark Doty, and Yusef Komunyakaa; it also includes local leaders like Jaki Shelton Green, Howard Craft, and Metta Sáma. That trio will participate in a reading and discussion at Quail Ridge Books on Sunday afternoon, led by Green, with Jacar Press publisher Richard Krawiec also in attendance. At a moment when new upheavals threaten to overshadow an ongoing epidemic of police violence, this is a timely reminder, and all proceeds from the book benefit the Urban League's scholarship fund for African-American youth. —Brian Howe

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