Published on: Monday, August 10, 2020 Arts & Humanities

"Black Voices in Verse" Online Poetry Reading Premiere on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8 pm


Youtube premiere at 8 pm on Thursday, Aug. 13 

This timely poetry reading features three local Black poets whose powerful work challenges white privilege and pervasive racism in the United States. The poets include Saida Agostini, Kyle Dargan, and Emily Kombe in this reading organized by the City of Takoma Park’s Takoma Park Arts cultural series. Please join us for the Youtube premiere on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8 pm or watch it later.

Saida Agostini is a queer Afro-Guyanese poet whose work explores the ways Black folks harness mythology to enter the fantastic. Her poetry has been featured in Barrelhouse Magazine, the Black Ladies Brunch Collective’s anthology Not Without Our Laughter, and other publications. You can read more of her poetry at

Kyle Dargan is an associate professor of literature and assistant director of creative writing at American University. He is the author of five poetry collections, including Anagnorisis which won the 2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and was long-listed for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. You can find more of his work at

Emily Kombe is majoring in public policy at the University of Maryland. She was introduced to slam poetry five years ago and has been creating her own work ever since. She is a strong supporter of using slam poetry as a vehicle for social justice.