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Givens Foundation | Black Market Reads

Black Market Reads is a menu for Black literary consumption and all of its spin-offs. Featuring Black artists who love to read and write and engage in arts and culture.

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PRODUCER: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

SEASON TWO - FOUR: Hosted by Lissa Jones

SEASON ONE: BMR was originated by Tana Hargest on behalf of The Givens Foundation, HOSTED BY Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus of Free Black Dirt, and other guest hosts as introduced, MUSIC: Sarah White - Through People [M¥K Remix]

Black Market Reads is made possible through the generous support of our individual donors, Target Foundation, and the voters of Minnesota, through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Mar 1, 2021

Listen to audio of poets reading their work from Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Poems in the wake of racial injustice from a chapbook published by Rain Taxi, recorded on the site of George Floyd Square in Minneapolis by

Apnea and Bruxism  by Michael Kleber Diggs

a little glimpse  by keno evol

Familiar Fruit  by Sagirah Shahid

Homeland, Like the Girl who Sang Soweto by Sherrie Fernandez-Williams

When I think there aren’t enough buckets to hold this  by Maya Washington

Block Party Say It by Douglas Kearney

Thembe  by Philip S. Bryant

Justi cation/Witness  by Mary Moore Easter

L’Etoile du Nord by Bernard James

 (copies can be found on Rain Taxi's website).