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About this Conference

Join us for "A Tribute to June Jordan" an intergenerational exploration of the legendary poet’s life, work, and legacy. Organized in the vein of a day-long conference, it will run from late morning to evening, with lectures, panels, discussions and readings. The conference is a partnership between Cave Canem, the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, the June M. Jordan Literary Estate Trust, and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative.


10:30am - 11:15am: Keynote Lecture by Jan Heller Levi

11:30am - 12:15pm: Liberatory Pedagogy
Conor Tomas Reed, Makeba Lavan, Talia Shalev, Dorothy Wang

12:15-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm - 2:30pm: Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint for Building Literary Communities
Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Joseph Legaspi and Deborah Paredez, moderated by Hafizah Geter 

2:45pm - 4pm: For the Sake of People’s Poetry: A Discussion of Jordan’s Essay about Inclusivity and Accessibility
Donna Masini, E. Ethelbert Miller and Evie Shockley, moderated by Erica Hunt

4:15pm - 5:30pm: We’re On: Contributors to Alice James’ June Jordan Reader in Conversation
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Christoph Keller and Jan Heller Levi, moderated by Carey Salerno

5:30 - 6:30: Dinner

6:30 pm: A Reading of June Jordan’s Work
Jennifer Benka, Dr. Joshua Bennett, Hafizah Geter, Aracelis Girmay, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Erica Hunt, Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Spears Jones, Christoph Keller, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Kyoo Lee, Joseph Legaspi, Evie Shockley and Christopher Soto.

Co-sponsored by Cave Canem, the June M. Jordan Literary Estate Trust, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.