Sam Cornish and Jean-Dany Joachim
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Sam Cornish is Poet Laureate for the City Of Boston. His most recent collection is An Apron Full of Beans (2008). His poetry deals with slavery, civil rights, as well as culture figures from Louis Armstrong to Frank Sinatra. His breakthrough book of poetry was “Generations” published in 1971 in which he combined his own family with figures from African-American history. Cornish received a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 1967 and 1969, he was the literature director at the Mass. Council of the Arts, and owned a bookstore in Brookline for a number of years. His books include poetry collections: To Cross A Parted Sea (1996), Folks Like Me (1992) and Songs of Jubilee–New & Selected Poems (1985), and others, as well as 1935–A Prose Memoir (1990). His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies and he has received numerous awards.
JEAN-DANY JOACHIM is the Cambridge Poet Populist for 2009 -2011. As the creator and producer of City Night Reading Series, he brings together poets, writers, performers and lovers of literature for the celebration of the art of word in the Boston and NYC areas. He is the author of Chen Plenn – Leta and White Dress in January, and his work has appeared in anthologies and numerous literary magazines.