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Lampblack Reading Series: Fred Moten, Tyriek White + Tawanda Mulalu

21jul6:30 pm8:30 pmLampblack Reading Series: Fred Moten, Tyriek White + Tawanda MulaluA free reading series for Black writers by Black writers

Event Details

Join us for the Lampblack Reading Series on Friday, July 21, featuring Tawanda Mulalu, Tyriek White, and Fred Moten!

The Lampblack Reading Series was created by Black writers to support, promote, and celebrate Black writers. They provide monetary relief through direct aid, connect writers and readers of Black literature through virtual and in-person literary events, and publish a magazine dedicated to voices from the Black diaspora.

This event, which will see three celebrated writers read their most recent work, is free and open to the public. Limited seating (*priority will be given to people with disabilities). Wine & beer reception will begin at 6 PM and readings will begin at 6:30PM.

Cash donations accepted on-site. Online donations accepted here. All proceeds from the Lampblack Reading Series support the Lampblack Literary Foundation’s direct aid program



WHEN: Friday, July 21
TIME: 6:00-8:30pm
WHERE: MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place Brooklyn


Advance online ticketing will end at 2 PM (ET) on the day of the event. After that, in-person guests will be admitted at the door if capacity remains. In-person guests are encouraged to get a ticket in advance.

Featured Readers

Tawanda Mulalu was born in Gaborone, Botswana, in 1997. His first book, Please make me pretty, I don’t want to die was selected by Susan Stewart for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and is listed as a best poetry book of 2022 by The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The Washington Post. His chapbook Nearness was chosen as the winner of The New Delta Review 2020-21 Chapbook Contest, judged by Brandon Shimoda. Tawanda’s poems appear or are forthcoming in Brittle Paper, Lana Turner, Lolwe, The New England Review, The Paris Review, A Public Space and elsewhere.

Tyriek White is a writer, musician, and educator from Brooklyn, NY. He is currently the media director of Lampblack Literary Foundation, which seeks to provide mutual aid and various resources to Black writers across the diaspora. He has received fellowships from Callaloo Writing Workshop, New York State Writers Institute, and Key West Writers’ Workshop, among other honors. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi. He is the author of the novel, WE ARE A HAUNTING (Astra House, 2023).

Fred Moten teaches in the Departments of Performance Studies and Comparative Literature at New York University. His latest book is Perennial Fashion Presence Falling (Wave Books, 2023).


July 21, 2023 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST(GMT+00:00)


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