july, 2021

16jul7:00 pm10:00 pmA Celebration of Black Girlhood & Womanhood with Films, Poetry, Food!7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Epsilon Spires

Event Details

Celebrate Black Girlhood & Womanhood with Poetry, Film, Food & Chocolate in our Outdoor Cinema! Featuring the films: Hey Little Black Girl and The Fits, poems read by poets from around New England, and special treats created by local culinary artists in response to the poems.

The Readings are from 7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Films begin screening around 8:45 p.m.


Shanta Lee Gander
Shanta Lee will be doing a short reading prior to each of these films from her debut poetry book, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues (Diode Editions June 2021). The range of art forms paired together share an exploration of self, time, and what it means to take space within Black girlhood and womanhood in America. As a part of this celebratory event for Shanta Lee’s book launch, special dishes and treats inspired by the poems within GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA will be a part of this multisensorial experience.

Lady Abstract
Alycia D. Jenkins aka Lady Abstract is a spoken word poet by nature. She is an emerging scholar/historian, a freelance teaching/performing artist, artist consultant, and writer. Ms. Jenkins is a Trinity College graduate who currently resides in Hartford, CT where she has lived for ten years. A west side of Chicago native, Ms. Jenkins lineage is half Mississippi ADOS (American Descendant of Slavery) with Haitian Alabama heritage. She is a proud African American feminist, performing artist, activist, and scholar who believes in the power of liberation for Black families within the United States of America.

LN Bethea
A featured artist in: I Am 2021… Vermont has been LN’s home for over 22 years. LN is the co-founder of Poetry People. LN has been featured at: Artsriot’s Poetry Riot, Lamp Shop’s Lit Club, Sundog Poetry Center’s AMP Night and Delectable Delights, and Burlington’s Pride Festival. In 2020, LN was featured at the Dianne Shullenberger Gallery’s Delicious Words show. LN is a workshop leader for Sundog’s Share Your Heart, a day of collaboration between students and professional poets, resulting in powerful and moving new poetry. She has helped organize Sundog’s Justice and Poetry event. She is also a workshop presenter for Babatree International ‘s #WakeUpWalkTowards: a Telesummit for Transformational Change in the time of Covid, Climate Crisis, and Colonial Collapse.


Hey Little Black Girl
Directed by Lyntoria Newton (13 mins).
A film essay that explores black girlhood from yesterday, today and tomorrow.

“Once upon a time there was a little black girl who propelled herself into a dimension of new surfaces with old echoes of the little black girls who came before her.”

The Fits
Directed by Anna Rose Holmer (72 mins)
A psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni—a tomboy assimilating to the social dynamics of a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is tested.

“Dreamy” -Rolling Stone

“Visually Lush” -New York Times


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