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Conjoined twin slaves and addiction: Poems from 'Gramma'


This isn’t your basic roses are red, violets are blue poetry reading. ‘Gramma’ is an independent poetry press based in Seattle that hosts the Gramma reading series.

A four-part series that focuses on "presenting accessible and interdisciplinary events, featuring writers and artists of all disciplines."

This talk is Part 2 of that series. It features poets who present the themes of connectivity and separation in various forms.

Topics included: addiction, anxiety, the real life story of conjoined twins who were slaves, and the idolizing of "blackness."

The speakers include:

Tyehimba Jess, the author of two books of poetry: Leadbelly and Olio, with Olio winning the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

Anastacia-Renee a Seattle Civic Poet and former poet-in-residence at Richard Hugo House.

Kaveh Akbar, founder of Divedapper, and author of the critically acclaimed collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf.

The event took place on October 6 at the Erickson Theater.

Please note: this talk contains unedited language of an adult nature.

The Stranger’s Kim Selling introduced the event.

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