Legacy Conversations

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Established in 2001, Legacy Conversations feature pre-eminent poets and scholars who have played historic roles in African American poetry. Moderated discussions address historical, aesthetic, political and personal influences on their craft and thought. Programs include brief readings, Q&A and book signings.

Recordings of Legacy Conversations are archived at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, housed in the James Weldon Johnson Collection. In the near future, they may be accessed via hyperlinks to an online library catalog.


Legacy Conversations: Marilyn Nelson and Gregory Pardlo
November 21, 2019, 7pm, Poetry Foundation

Tyehimba Jess & Patricia Smith, Spring 2019

Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady, 2018

Kwame Dawes, Matthew Shenoda & Natasha Trethewey, 2017

Chris Abani & Kelly Norman Ellis, 2017

Angela Jackson & Ed Roberson, 2016

Nikki Giovanni, 2012

Steve Cannon at The New School, 2010

Ntozake Shange,  2009

Ishmael Reed and Al Young, 2008

Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady, 2007

Charles Henry Rowell, 2007

Arnold Rampersad, 2007

Naomi Long Madgett, 2006

Ethelbert Miller, 2006

Amiri Baraka, 2005

Derek Walcott, 2005

Haki Madhubuti, 2004

Lorenzo Thomas, 2004

Michael S. Harper & Afaa Michael Weaver, 2003

Rita Dove, 2003

Jayne Cortez and Sekou Sundiata, 2002

Yusef Komunyakaa, 2001

Lucille Clifton and Sonia Sanchez, 2001