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Remembering the attacks of 9/11 with Poetry

Ann Arbor, MI (September 2, 2022) – Hear poetry and thoughts read by local writers in memory of the lives lost and forever changed on September 11, 2001, especially the seemingly forgotten black lives.

Poet and Journalist Leslie McGraw will be joined by local poets Desirae Simmons, Karis Barnett, and Detroit Author, Zig Zag Claybourne to hold a space for healing and connection at Booksweet Bookstore on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 at 2 pm.

McGraw released her second edition of Emergencies of the Heart on September 2, 2022. Every generation of Americans has at least one moment where young adults are faced with the worst and best of humanity on a larger scale. McGraw captures the feelings in those moments in her debut poetry collection, Emergencies of the Heart. 

On the eve of the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, McGraw and friends offer a commemorative pause with poetry and prose readings to remember the nearly 3000 lives lost, with a special focus on the 267 Black Americans who lost their lives as part of the attacks. Refreshments and fellowship will begin at 2 pm, followed by a guided reflection at 2:15, in honor of the 215 Black Americans who lost their lives at the Twin Towers. This offering is a loving community remediation of the racialized erasure so often found in dominant national memorial narratives. 

Each of the writers brings a different perspective. McGraw is a multi-genre writer and social media activist who deals with many issues around blackness, family, voting, loss, and healing. Simmons, of Ypsilanti, is a member of the local writing group, “Untold Stories of Liberation and Love” and co-director of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ) and offers an intersectional justice lens to her writing. Claybourne has dedicated his career to ensuring black people are included in the Science Fiction and Futures narratives. Barnett, a poet and Chemistry Graduate Student at the University of Michigan was only two at the time of the attacks but was surprised at how many American “norms” like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are in place due to the attacks on September 11, 2001. 

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