Double Change and the Five Myles Gallery invite you to
Aimé Césaire (read by Omar Berrada)
& Zahra Patterson
Saturday May 4, 2019 at 7pm
Five Myles Gallery
558 St. Johns Place
Crown Heights, Brooklyn NY
Laynie Browne is author of thirteen collections of poems and three novels. Recent books include: In Garments Worn by Lindens, Periodic Companions, and The Book of Moments. Her honors include a Pew Fellowship the National Poetry Series Award, and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award. Her poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese and Catalan. Recent collaborations include a public art project, “Dawn Chorus”: a constellation of poetry in 13 languages engraved in The Railpark in Callow Hill, Philadelphia with visual artist Brent Wahl. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College. Laynie Browne will read from her Amulet Sonnets–with text drawings illustrating it by Sarah Riggs on show–forthcoming together with Solid Objects.
Aimé Césaire (1913 – 2008) was a Francophone and French poet, author and politician from Martinique. He was “one of the founders of the négritude movement in Francophone literature”. His works included Une Tempête, a response to Shakespeare‘s play The Tempest, and Discours sur le colonialisme (Discourse on Colonialism), an essay describing the strife between the colonizers and the colonized, as well as Cahier d’un retour au pays natal translated as Return to my Native Land, documenting the twentieth-century colonial condition.
Zahra Patterson is the author of Chronology (Ugly Duckling Presse 2018), which is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her short pieces have appeared in Kalyani Magazine, The Felt, and unbag (forthcoming). Her work has been supported by Mount Tremper Arts, CLMP via the Jerome Foundation, Wendy’s Subway, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. She teaches high school students and created the community arts project Raw Fiction. Her current research is an investigation of the history of de/segregation in America’s schools. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.