Natural An/Dems Outdoor Poetry & Bookmaking Workshop

As the closing for the My Soul Will Be a Star exhibition at Lewis Latimer House Museum and part of artist Sherese Francis’ Herbarium Verbarium series, this outdoor workshop will explore anthems and writing anthems that are natural to us. Participants will look at various examples of national, cultural, and poetry anthems, and then will learn how to bind together personal anthem books to write anthems inspired by Lewis Latimer using details from the museum and the outdoor area.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the museum. In case of inclement weather, this workshop will move inside the museum.

About The Artist

Sherese Francis is a Queens-based, Afro-Caribbean-American (Barbados and Dominica) poet, editor, interdisciplinary artist, workshop facilitator, and literary curator of the mobile library project, J. Expressions. She has published work in various publications including Furious Flower, Obsidian Lit, Rootwork Journal, Spoken Black Girl, The Operating System, Cosmonauts Avenue, No Dear, Apex Magazine, Bone Bouquet, African Voices, Newtown Literary, and Free Verse. Additionally, she has published two chapbooks, Lucy’s Bone Scrolls (Three Legged Elephant) and Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling (Harlequin Creature), and has another one on the way from DoubleCross Press called, Recycling a Why That Rules Over My Sacred Sight. Besides her publications, she has had work featured in exhibitions from The Lit Exhibit, NY Live Arts, Queens Public Library, York College Arts Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, and Baxter St Camera Club.

My Soul Will Be a Star

Friday, 04/23/2021 through Sunday, 08/29/2021

In April 2021, National Poetry Month, African Voices and the Lewis Latimer House Museum (LLHM) collaborate on an exhibit:

“My Soul Will Be A Star – The Resilience and Creativity of Our Immigrant Communities

To guide and comfort all the souls that are, And welcome others to their final home.”

This exhibit is a virtual/interactive/visual exploration in the strength and resilience of Brooklyn and Queens immigrant artists who are striving in their communities during this age of COVID-19, racial reckoning, and political unrest. The title comes from Latimer’s Poem xi, “My Soul will be a Star.” It will be on view 4/23-6/30/2021. The LLHM portion of the exhibition is co-curated by the South-East Queens Artists Alliance, and viewable as outdoor banners on the site of Lewis Latimer House Museum, as well as online.

African Voices, is a non-profit arts organization which strives to transform the world one story at a time by creating a space for audiences to experience art, literature and film by artists of color. Founded in 1992, African Voices’ mission is carried out through public programs and the publication of a national literary magazine devoted to showcasing artists from the African Diaspora.

3:00pm-4:00pm EDT