Book Release and Reading: Harmony Holiday

AUG 6, 2022

How to attend

Attendance is free with a free ticket to the exhibition Tiona Nekkia McClodden: The Trace of an Implied Presence. Attendance is first come, first served. This event will take place in the Level 2 Gallery.

Please note: Visitors must wear a properly fitting mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while in The Shed, except when dining/drinking at Cedric’s in the lobby. Please email or call (646) 455-3494 if you have questions.

About this event

Celebrating the release of her new book Maafa (Fence Books), poet Harmony Holiday will present a reading of this work within the space of the exhibition The Trace of An Implied Presence in the Level 2 Gallery. After the reading, there will be a book signing at the McNally Jackson bookshop in the lobby.

Titled after the Swahili word for catastrophe, Maafa is an epic poem about reparations and the female body. Through her skilled use of language, Holiday undoes the erasure of trauma and Black femininity, presenting death as a road to life on a unique hero’s journey.

About the Author

Harmony Holiday
Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer, archivist, filmmaker, and the author of five collections of poetry including Hollywood Forever and Maafa (Fence Books, April 2022). She curates an archive of griot poetics and a related performance series at LA’s music and archive venue, 2220arts, a space she runs with several friends. She has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a NYFA fellowship, a Schomburg Fellowship, a California Book Award, a research fellowship from Harvard, and a teaching fellowship from UC Berkeley. She’s currently working on a collection of essays for Duke University Press and a biography of Abbey Lincoln, in addition to other writing, film, and curatorial projects.
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Location and dates

This event takes place in Level 2 Gallery.

Saturday, August 6
4 pm

Please note: The reading will be followed by a signing at McNally Jackson bookshop in the lobby.

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