A Voice of the People Series: Akwaeke Emezi

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Monday, February 12, 7 pm
Winningstad Theatre Southwest Portland (Portland)
This is an in-person event
All Ages

As part of the Voice of the People speaker series, Freshwater author and video artist Akwaeke Emezi will chat about their work—which finds its roots in "Black spirit, embodiment, legacy, and memory"—and will later be joined by T. Aisha Edwards, LMHC for a conversation on how creativity and narrative can support widespread healing. Emezi has penned two adult literary novels, two YA novels, a romance, two poetry collections, and more, so you're bound to find something from their oeuvre that you're into; I'm intrigued by the Nigerian author's 2021 memoir, Dear Senthuran. Emezi will sign books after the talk, and local BIPOC femme-led book club Prose Before Bros will host a "Happy Reading Hour" with snacks and silent reading time.

by Lindsay Costello


The Happy Reading Hour is a FREE community event hosted by Prose Before Bros Bookclub on every Third Sunday of the month for all readers to come and read in community! The idea is to set aside a space and time for the reader who can never seem to make time to read, or for the reader who reads alone but doesn't want to be alone! We've made It simple for you, we've set the time and the place, we've got the dranks and the bites now all you have to do Is come!

(BYOB) Bring your own book, bring a friend or come ready to meet a new one!


  • SOCIAL TIME: First 30 minutes Is mingle time, grab something to drink/eat.
  • READING HOUR: We will set a timer for an hour, during that time folks can bring out their books to read silently. No talking, no chatting. Other silent activities are welcome including journaling, doodling etc. Feel free to use the time how you wish but it must be SILENT!
  • SOCIAL TIME: Last 30 minutes is more mingle time, chat with friends about the book you were reading, share book reccos, meet new people, get more food/drinks!

RSVP here for Happy Reading Hour!

The talk will begin at 7pm in the Winningstad Theatre, followed by the book signing and Happy Reading Hour at 8:15pm in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby.

Event Location

Winningstad Theatre

1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR Venue website

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