Unbound: Morgan Parker in Conversation with Jenna Wortham
Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
30 Lafayette Ave.
718-636-4100 Price: $25 (ticket only); $35 (includes book)
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Launch of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
Moderated by Rujeko Hockley
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), 321 Ashland Pl
Unbound: A Book Launch Series with BAM and Greenlight Bookstore returns this spring with nationally acclaimed poet Morgan Parker for the release of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé. On February 15, Parker will discuss the book with writer and journalist Jenna Wortham, moderated by Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Morgan Parker uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st-century black American womanhood. Equally confessional and performative, her poems and essays mine the complexities of depression, sexuality, and race to create an archive of experiences and representations. Writer Jenna Wortham also explores black femininity and imagery, focusing on technology, wellness, and community. Her work investigates methods of collective healing and sharply challenges stereotypes. With moderator Rujeko Hockley, Parker and Wortham will discuss Parker’s new collection of poems, using visual art, media, and American history as lenses for understanding the multiplicity of black womanhood. The event will include a reading from There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, a discussion, an audience Q&A, and a book signing with Morgan Parker.Buy tickets/get more info now