Celebrate Ashley Bryan's life and legacy at the Penn Libraries on the centenary of his birth. Join some of Ashley’s friends and family, including Nikki Giovanni, Vaunda Nelson, Linda Sue Park, Sandy Campbell, and Caitlyn Dlouhy, for an afternoon celebration, with poetry and birthday cake, of the centenary of his birth. Everyone attending is invited to read a poem in Ashley’s honor during the community poetry reading, which will take place in the round.
3:00-4:00pm: Tour of Beautiful Blackbird: The Creative Spirit of Ashley Bryan, with exhibition curator Lynne Farrington.
4:00-5:00pm: Poetry reading—bring your favorite Ashley poem, whether by Ashley or by one of his favorite poets, to share with everyone. A selection of poems will be available for those who are unsure what to choose.
5:00-6:00pm: Reception, with some of Ashley’s favorites food to serve to visitors—AND BIRTHDAY CAKE!
Featured image: Ashley Bryan reading poetry from Gwendolyn Brooks's Bronzeville Boys and Girls to elementary school students. Detail of undated photograph from the Ashley Bryan papers, Kislak Center (Ms. Coll. 1439, Box 34, folder 32).