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Brave Testimony

The Brave Testimony Reading Series is a collaborative program of Penn's Center for Africana Studies held in celebration of National Poetry Month (April) and featuring poetry of the African Diaspora. The series is reglarly held at and in partnership with Kelly Writers House and, more recently, with the support of The Annenberg School for Communication. It is introduced by Dr. Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies, with the exception of the 2017 event at which he was the featured poet.

Some recordings from the inagural series in the Spring of 2001 are not available, however you can visit the Kelly Writers House archival page to learn more about the visitors: Michael S. Harper, Natasha Tretheway, Toi Derricotte, Terrance Hayes, and Tracie Morris

A Poetry Reading by Patricia Smith, Kelly Writers House, April 6, 2022

A Poetry Reading by Chris Abani, Kelly Writers House, April 16, 2019

Complete Reading (59:09): MP3

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A Poetry Reading featuring Husnaa Hashim, Claudia Cohen Hall, UPenn, April 11, 2019

with readings from Eva Maria Lewis, Ndeen Al-Barqaw and Veronica Nocella

A Poetry Reading by Alysia Harris and Husnaa Hashim, Claudia Cohen Hall, UPenn, April 10, 2018

A Poetry Reading by Terrence Hayes, Kelly Writers House, April 7, 2016

Complete Reading (43:55): MP3

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A Reading by Kevin Young, Kelly Writers House, April 2, 2015

  • Complete Recording (56:08): MP3
  • A Reading with Brenda Marie Osbey, Kelly Writers House, March 16, 2014

    Complete Reading (1:05:08): MP3

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    A Reading with Nikki Finney, Kelly Writers House, April 18, 2013

    Complete Reading (1:13:15): MP3

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    Tracy K. Smith reading from Life on Mars, Kelly Writers House, March 20, 2013

    Complete Reading (57:38): MP3

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    A Reading with Christian Campbell, Kelly Writers House, March 22, 2012

    Complete Reading (1:01:27): MP3

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    A Reading with Elizabeth Alexander, Kelly Writers House, April 14, 2004

  • introduction by Jennifer Snead and Herman Beavers (8:42): MP3
  • Selection from Preface to The Black Interior (5:19): MP3
  • Overture, Watermelon City (2:15): MP3
  • Race (2:03): MP3
  • Lament (1:25): MP3
  • Crash (0:52): MP3
  • The Toni Morrison Dreams (2:28): MP3
  • War (0:40): MP3
  • The Female Seer Will Burn Upon This Pire (1:12): MP3
  • Peccant (2:06): MP3
  • Gift (1:05): MP3
  • Smile (1:06): MP3
  • When (0:46): MP3
  • Ode (0:59): MP3
  • The African Picnic (2:08): MP3
  • Ars Poetica #21: Graduate Study of Literature (1:57): MP3
  • Ars Poetica #56: Bullfrogs Was Falling Out of the Sky (1:06): MP3
  • Ars Poetica #13: The Idea of Ancestry (0:55): MP3
  • Ars Poetica #336: Rose Colored Glasses (0:42): MP3
  • Ars Poetica #3: Wassup, G? (1:34): MP3
  • Ars Poetica #100: I Believe (0:54): MP3
  • Tanner's Annunciation (1:02): MP3
  • Neonatology (6:24): MP3
  • Question and Answer Session (18:11): MP3
  • Complete reading (1:05:50): MP3

    A Reading with Toi Derricotte, Kelly Writers House, April 10, 2001

    Complete Reading (1:16:37): MP3

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