Leah Natasha Thomas’ video based on a choral reading of Kathy Engel’s poem “To Kneel” against the backdrop of dramatic footage is currently live on The Root TV. The poem is read by Danny Glover, Anna Deavere Smith, Walter Mosley and other artists.
On October 17, 2018, Ghost Fishing poet Ross Gay joined Kathy Engel, the Art and Public Policy class “Language is Action”, members of Food And Racial Equity Collective at NYU, Decarbonize NYU and members of the public for a reading of his poem “A Small Needful Fact” in front of the Kimmel Windows.
On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, members of the NYU community and the public joined Marta Vega for a reading and discussion of her book “When the Spirits Dance Mambo: Growing Up Nuyorican in El Barrio”, followed by a reception and book signing. Here some impressions of the event:
Kathy’s poem “Return” is featured in the public art installation Ghost Fishing: Eco-Justice Poetry and the Diasporic City. The installation is on view 24/7 at the Kimmel Windows, located at the corner of LaGuardia Pl and West 3rd St, until November 1st, 2018. The project is co-sponsored by the department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts. It is organized by Kathy and a team of coordinators.
From Gwen McKinney’s newsletter on Black History month:
“Let’s view February merely as a marker, not a restraint. We should claim the moments whenever it is appropriate to exhume, remember and embrace. The obscure. The cherished. The harsh. The curated truths. They etch the Black experience. They are milestones in the storytelling of humanity, capturing what is constant and changing.”