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External Event: Every Child is Born a Poet & Zoomback

External Event: Every Child is Born a Poet & Zoomback Online

An incendiary mix of documentary, poetry, storytelling, drama, and performance, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET explores the life and work of Piri Thomas (b. 1928) the Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican author of the classic autobiographical novel Down These Mean Streets (1967). The film traces Thomas’ path from childhood to manhood in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, El Barrio, from the 1930s through the 1960s; his parents’ immigrant experience, home life during the Great Depression, his membership in barrio youth gangs, his struggle to come to terms with his mixed-racial identity, his travels as a teen-age merchant marine, his heroin addiction, his notorious armed robbery of a Greenwich Village nightclub, his six years spent in prison, and then his emergence as a writer. Thomas’ coming-of-age story is counter-pointed with verité scenes of his on-going work of forty-five years as an educator and activist empowering marginalized and incarcerated youths. A stylized, genre-spanning production, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET is a riveting portrait of a life lived through struggle, self-discovery, and transformation as it examines Thomas’ use of creative expression as a means of confronting poverty, racism, violence and isolation. Directed by Jonathan Meyer Robinson, presented by The Dairy Arts Center.

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This event is not hosted by the Boulder Public Library and may be updated, changed, or canceled with little notice.  This program is produced by a community partner - we hope you enjoy! Tips on internet safety and privacy.  

Date:
Monday, Jan 18 2021
Time:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
Audience:
  All ages  
Categories:
  Performances & Presentations     Virtual Program -- Live  
Online:
This is an online event. Event URL: https://thedairy.org/events/every-child-is-born-a-poet/

The Human Relations Commission and Office of Arts and Culture have provided funding for the following Martin Luther King, Jr. events, which will take place from Saturday Jan. 16 to Monday Jan. 18, 2021. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.