Ezra SunshineUNABASHED GRATITUDE: Acclaimed poet Ross Gay visited campus on Wednesday to read from his recent work, much of which explores joy. “Joy is sort of like the process of being a person, which is difficult and wonderful,” he said.
Ann Basu There are activists, there are storytellers and there’s Amal Kassir. Unapologetic in her poignant dissections of humanity, the Denver-born, Syrian-American spoken-word poet calls herself an “empathist.” Her Thursday night performance in Kresge Auditorium, sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, presented personal recounts on war, race and religion.
PJ SeelertODES OUT LOUD: Elizabeth Acevedo performs her slam poetry in Jack Magee’s Pub on Tuesday night. Some of her poems take the form of “imaginary clapbacks,” addressing instances of invalidation and injustice. Rats, Cardi B and Catholic iconography each have a home in Elizabeth Acevedo’s award-winning slam poetry.