Fab News! A 2017 Pew Fellowship for Poetry Goes To...

M. Nzadi Keita!

Here's my Pew Fellow Page: http://www.pcah.us/people/m-nzadi_keita

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  • April 17, Free Library of Philadelphia, Wynnefield Branch, 6 p.m.

  • April 6, Keynote Speaker, Philadelphia Stories Lit Life Poetry Festival

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS: Interviewing My Mentor: A Tribute to Sonia Sanchez

Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia PA


Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Readings:

-Yale University

-New Bedford, MA Historical Society

Scribe Video Center Street Movies, Germantown

David Driskell Gallery, U. of Maryland

Colored Girls’ Museum, Philadelphia

Writers’ Center, Bethesda, MD

Reginald Lewis African-American Museum, Baltimore, MD

Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC

M. Nzadi Keita, Nettie Washington Douglass (great-great-granddaughter of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass), and Ms. Kujichagulia in Atlanta.

M. Nzadi Keita, Nettie Washington Douglass (great-great-granddaughter of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass), and Ms. Kujichagulia in Atlanta.

News Archive

June 2015:  A copy of Brief Evidence of Heaven appears in the annual Poetry Showcase in New York City at Poets’ House, a display of over 3,000 independent press poetry collections published in 2014.

May 2015: Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the life of Anna Murray Douglass is one of three finalists for the Phillis Wheatley Award from Quarterly Black Review of Books!

March 2015: At a reception hosted by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, an organization devoted to public education and activism against human trafficking, Nzadi reads from Brief Evidence of Heaven and meets two Douglass descendants, FDFI founder/chairwoman Nettie Washington Douglass, and president Kenneth Morris.

Dec. 2014: The poem, “Fourth” from the “Spirit Letters” series in Brief Evidence of Heaven, appears in The Moonstone Anthology: Featured Poets (Moonstone Arts Center Press).

Nov. 2014: An elegy, “What Is Left” airs Nov. 17 -30, 2014 on The Feminist Wire Online Forum honoring Toni Cade Bambara. The poem first appeared in Beyond the Frontier:  African-American Poetry in the 21st Century (Black Classics Press).





Meeting Dr. Deborah Willis with Dr. Damaris Hill

Hanging out with Theodore Harris, collagist/cover artist for Brief Evidence

Did Anna Sit Here?At Cedar Hill in D .C, the last home of the Douglasses.


New Work News:

227: [“Ask the Lonely”],  a poem from Driving, my new mss., is a finalist for the Palette Poetry SPOTLIGHT Award!