All are invited to join us on Thursday, February 18, what would have been Audre Lorde's 87th birthday, at 6pm for an evening of readings, reflections, and celebrations on the incredible author and activist. Readers and participants will include members of Lorde’s family and fellow poets, including Dante Micheaux, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Martha Collins, Cathedral Poet in Residence Marie Howe, United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and more. The ceremony will commemorate the unveiling of Lorde's stone in the Cathedral's American Poets Corner, forever on display in our space.
Lorde’s writings are both deeply personal and committed to a liberatory political vision. Her poems and essays openly discuss her lesbianism, Blackness, motherhood, cancer diagnoses, and many other facets of her life, exploding notions of both white male dominance and cultural homogeny within progressive social movements. These many layers of selfhood, expressed through lyrical writings both prose and poetic, celebrate difference, inviting readers to draw upon their own personal journeys to add to the shared fight for justice and community. Her work continues to inspire us to learn to see ourselves and one another with clarity, empathy, and understanding. It is for all these reasons and more that Audre Lorde is our 2020 inductee into the American Poets Corner.