Celebrating Audre Lorde
Thu, Apr 04
6:30 PM — 7:45 PM
NAC160 Convent Ave. 138th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
WBAI radio personality Carletta Joy Walker delves into the writings of poet Audre Lorde.WBAI radio personality Carletta Joy Walker delves into the writings of the late poet Audre Lorde, who described herself as "BLACK, LESBIAN, FEMINIST, MOTHER, POET, WARRIOR."
Lorde has been called "one of our most important poets" by Toi Derricote
“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” ―Audre Lorde
"The third and youngest daughter of Linda Gertrude Belmar and Frederic Byron Lorde, Audre Geraldine was born tongue-tied and so nearsighted that she was considered legally blind. She grew up in Harlem during the Depression, hearing her mother's stories about the West Indies. She learned to talk while she learned to read, at the age of four. Her mother taught her to write during this time and Audre 'did not like the tail of the Y hanging down below the line in Audrey' and so would omit it; she "love[d] the evenness of AUDRELORDE" (Zami, 1982). This early incident reveals the importance of naming and self-definition to Lorde, themes that she develops in her later writings" (Modern American Poetry).
Ms. Walker, a poet herself and the Executive Director of Joy Works Everywhere Inc., a New-York-based organization for Peaceful, Holistic Living, has written of her own work, "All my writing—fiction, essays, academic, journalistic—has the pulse of poetry at root. Writing for me, when put onto paper or when it is living in my being as composition, is breath, it is life, it is communication and conversation, it is sharing and receiving."