RESPOND: Artists and Poets Speak Out in a Collage of Voices

On Sunday February 8, 2015 I participated in a very important event, RESPOND: Brooklyn Poets Rally, a poetry reading and exhibit in DUMBO at Smack Mellon Gallery.

Jason Koo, executive director Brooklyn Poets  created and organized this powerful event in response to racial injustice. The repeated failure of the United States to protect black citizens from police discrimination and violence. The RESPOND exhibit and RESPOND Rally was created to channel our collective outrage into actions that can facilitate systematic change. Thank you Smack Mellon Gallery for curating RESPOND a powerful exhibit whose images remain with me. Thank you for creating a safe and supportive space for artists, poets and writers to express and release a wealth of thoughts, feelings and emotions. I thank my fellow poets whose words resonated with me and everyone present, all were powerful and uncompromising, speaking needed truth. Special Kudos to our youngest poet Nicholas Howard Jennings 10 years of age who spoke eloquently about Trayvon Martin. My fellow participating poets were Shafina AhmedRosebud Ben-Oni, J. Scott Brownelee, Cynthia Cruz, Natalie Eilbert, Keisha-Gaye AndersonRicardo Thomas Manuel Hernandez, Juliet P. Howard, Nicholas Howard Jennings, Tyehimba Jess, Jason Koo, Debora Kuan, Rickey Laurentiis, David Tomas Martinez, Joshua Mehigan, D. Nurkse, Joe Pan, Gregory Pardlo, Morgan Parker,Penelope Pelizzon, Jive Poetic, Ramya Ramana, Nicole Sealey, Leigh Stein and Ed Toney. Thanks to Nella Larsen, Cynthia Hilts and everyone who came out in support! You can view the RESPOND exhibit at Smack Mellon Gallery in DUMBO, located at 92 Plymouth Street Brooklyn New York until February 22nd, 2015. Galley hours are Wednesday through Sunday 12-6pm.

Poets Shafina Ahmed and Ricardo Hernandez, J.P. Howard and Keisha Gaye-Anderson

Poet Rickey Laurentiis

Poet and Author Tyehimba Jess



Poet V. Penelope Pelizzon with RESPOND supporters






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