Tuesday, August 18, 7pm CDT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page
Left Bank Books welcomes back author and St. Louis native Jabari Asim, who will discuss his new book of poetry, Stop and Frisk: American Poems, on Facebook Live at 7pm CDT on August 18. Asim will be in conversation with writer and activist Cheeraz Gorman. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Stop and Frisk from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
"Urgency and imagination, truth and focus: Jabari Asim brings those qualities together in a book of poetry that confronts the lethal face of racism: death-by-police. This book challenges the boundaries of the art by being, in a very good sense of the word, documentary." --Robert Pinsky
In Stop and Frisk, Jabari Asim ruthlessly interrogates entrenched injustice and its insidious echoes. Part rap sheet, part concept album, Asim lays down tracks that add conviction to our collective broken record: What could be more American than pretending truths were self-evident when they seldom were? Drawing defiant inspiration from the news and the Blues, these poems arrest our attention and burn grooves into us. These starkly revelatory poems expose the dark heart of our nation and call for a reckoning-the only way out before everything breaks / into hurt, noise, and ever after.
Jabari Asim is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts and the author of seven books for adults--including We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival--and ten books for children. His poems are included in several anthologies, including Furious Flower: African American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present; Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century; and Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art. After more than a decade at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Washington Post, he now directs the MFA program at Emerson College.
Cheeraz Gormon is a writer, storyteller and public speaker creating poetry, essays, photography, film, and music as well as a community-centered social entrepreneur devoted to the visibility, care and healing of underserved people. Cheeraz is a recipient of the 2018 St. Louis Visionary Award for Outstanding Working Artist.
All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).