Join us, the City of Boston Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and Boston Youth Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla in celebrating the launch of her debut collection of poetry, "With Clipped Wings". Alondra will be welcomed by Boston Public Library President David Leonard and Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, Kara Elliott-Ortega. Alondra will read some of her work along with City of Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola and youth poet Tariq Charles, and there will be a performance by Boston-based artist, musician and poet, Kofi Lost.
Registration is not required, but non-reserved seating for this program begins at 5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Alondra Bobadilla was named Boston's inaugural Youth Poet Laureate in January 2020, and has since worked tirelessly to celebrate and uplift poetry across the entire city. She has participated in countless events, including reading at a Boston Celtics game, attending Recovery Youth Prevention talks, and sharing her work at several events for Women's History Month, to name a few. Over the past year and a half, she has collaborated with the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Children's Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement, City Councilor Julia Mejia, Youth Advocacy Foundation, and more.
porsha olayiwola is the author of the collection "I shimmer sometimes, too" and is the current poet laureate for the City of Boston. She is a 2020 Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate Fellow, an MFA Candidate at Emerson College, and a World Poetry Slam Champion.
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