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Thu, Jun 27



The Lucille Clifton Lecture presented by aracelis girmay

Join us for our inaugural Lucille Clifton Lecture presented by the brilliant aracelis girmay

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The Lucille Clifton Lecture presented by aracelis girmay
The Lucille Clifton Lecture presented by aracelis girmay

Time & Location

Jun 27, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Baltimore, 2605 Talbot Rd, Baltimore, MD 21216, USA


About the Event

On Thursday, June 27, 2024, we at The Clifton House will inaugurate our Annual Lucille Clifton Lecture. Established to honor the birth of our beloved poet, author, and luminary Lucille Clifton; the lecture emerges to reflect the impact of her extraordinary personhood and literary contributions.

It is with profound honor that we welcome distinguished poet, editor, and artist aracelis girmay as our inaugural Lucille Clifton Lecturer. This event is not to be missed!

Please note: This event is free to the public, but registration is required to attend. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To RSVP, please click here.

If you would like to request accommodations, please email

About the artist:

aracelis girmay is a poet and editor who makes work across genres, including essays, collages, and picture books. She is the author of three books of poems, for which she was a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Her most recent full-length collection is the black maria (BOA Editions, 2016). Her most recent publication is the chapbook and was a flower, made in collaboration with book artist Valentina Améstica. Other recent work has been published in Astra, The Paris Review online, and e-flux. girmay is on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund and is the editor-at-large of the Blessing the Boats Selections, a poetry series founded by the publisher of BOA Editions and named after Lucille Clifton's cherished poem. girmay is also the editor of So We Can Know: Writers of Color on Pregnancy, Loss, Abortion, and Birth (Haymarket Books, 2023). girmay is the editor of How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA Editions, 2020). In 2018, she was chosen by the poet Elizabeth Alexander to receive The Lucille Clifton Legacy Award.

About the Clifton House:

The Clifton House, a nonprofit arts organization based in Baltimore, MD, celebrates the legacy of poet Lucille Clifton and her activist husband Fred Clifton. Grounded in Lucille and Fred’s lives and work and operating from their historic family home, The Clifton House is proud to offer low- to no-cost poetry and writing workshops, art classes, and opportunities for creative development and networking to Baltimore artists and beyond.

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