As part of Harris Sisters Month, the Otis Library presents a poetry reading by Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, a Norwich native, professor at Three Rivers Community College and Hartford’s first Poet Laureate, from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 23 in the Community Room of the Otis Library.
This free program is sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.
Praised for his eloquence, charisma, outspoken social activism and ability to communicate and experience the power of words, Professor Knowles is the author of BlackRoseCity, a powerful collection of poems addressing the struggles and successes of a young black growing up in Norwich.
Professor Knowles won first place in the 2019 Nutmeg Poetry Award and received a 2020 Award for Excellence in Poetry from the Connecticut Office of the Arts’ Artist Fellowship program; it was also nominated for the 2018 Pushcart award.
For this event, Otis Library announces that Professor Knowles has created a poem specifically in tribute to Sarah and Mary Harris and the legacy of the black students of Prudence Crandall.
The reading of approximately 40 minutes will be followed by a discussion period of 20 minutes. This event will be interpreted in sign language and will be recorded and available for future viewing on the Otis Library YouTube page.
The Otis Library is located at 261 Main St. in Norwich and is accessible to people with disabilities. You can register on the Otis Library website calendar at otsilibrarynorwich.org, or call (860) 889-2365, Ext. 128.
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