Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College

National Poetry Month April 1 - 30, 2022 - Poetrys diverse voices.

Bunker Hill Community College Celebrates “National Poetry Month” April 1-30, 2022

April 1-30, 2022

Friday, April 1 

6 p.m. 

Juneteenth Legacy Project Presents; The Power and Lyricism of Black Poetry and Music 

Juneteenth Legacy Project Presents returns to BHCC for the opening ceremony of National Poetry Month with music that sits at the intersection of black history, women's history and the interwoven lyricism of text and melodic line.  Presenting Founder and Artistic Director Nnenna Ogwo (pianist), Eric Cooper (cellist) and Erika Banks-Alvarez (soprano). 

A post-concert discussion with the musicians will conclude the program. 

Remarks by Professor Tua Nefer, English Department 

Sponsored by the Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth and the Office of College Events and Cultural Planning 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81752982820?pwd=RGVQZHNNWjBtOVRDM2hodW43YWJKZz09 

Meeting ID: 817 5298 2820 

Passcode: 838896 

Join by phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 


April 20

6 p.m.

"A Panegyric" and "Love and Romance": Poems from: Nuggets from the Night: An Anthology of Poetic Expressions: Vol. One

Join BHCC Professor George Walters-Sleyon who will give poetry readings from his recent publication of over 200 poems written over a period of fifteen years, Nuggets from the Night: An Anthology of Poetic Expressions. He will focus on two categories in the book, “A Panegyric” and “Love and Romance.” This anthology represents a kaleidoscope of social, meditative, political, theological, and existential expressions captured in poetic verses. They are also arranged to provide solace in the current climate of COVID-19.

Presenter Dr. George Walters-Sleyon, Adjunct Professor, Behavioral Science Department

Remarks by Alice Murillo, Ph.D. Associate Provost, BHCC’s Chelsea Campus

Sponsored by BHCC’s Chelsea Campus

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88122791789?pwd=Qm96TkkxRC9NMm5ZN056YzkvZUFGZz09

Meeting ID: 881 2279 1789

Passcode: 140327

Join by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)


Thursday, April 21 

6 p.m. 

An Evening with Poet, Author, and Social Advocate Enzo Surin 

Join BHCC's own Enzo Surin, Professor, English Department, as he reads and discusses his award-winning poetry collection When My Body Was a Clenched Fist (Black Lawrence Press, 2020). This work addresses the effects of social violence on a young boy’s mind and the consequent physical toll it takes on his body. At the heart of these poems is the metamorphosis of trauma from different acts of violence, some witnessed firsthand, and the struggle to make sense of the world in its aftermath. Set in the borough of Queens, New York, each poem is unrelenting in its depiction of the body as a fist and a young boy’s decade-long clinch for survival. 

Winner of the 2021 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry. 

Sponsored by the Division of Humanities and Learning Communities and the Office of College Events and Cultural Planning 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84561327739?pwd=TWY0WTFpZ2lJcUNnYmtybldXa0c2UT09 

Join by phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 845 6132 7739 

Passcode: 284812 


Tuesday, April 26 

6 p.m.    

Building an Inclusive Table with Poetry--The Women’s Movement and Literary Art 

Women do not have just one history! Join artists, activists, poets, songwriters, and educators as they share poetry and reflect on their respective life, career and art.  Followed by a panel discussion on intersectional identities including: the Latinx experience; Black women; women with disabilities; lesbian, queer and trans women; Indigenous and colonized women and two-spirits; gender nonconforming, intergenerational women and mothers with inherited trauma. 

Featuring Cristina Cortez, Rie Daisies, Rhina P. Espaillat, Julia Mallory, Princess Moon, Deborah Spears Moorehead and Deborah Schwartz 

Moderated by Emmanuela Maurice, Professor, English Department  

Sponsored by the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81979419531?pwd=MFVIYXBqNGdVQ2xVSXJnS2M2dDQrdz09 

Join by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 819 7941 9531 

Passcode: 955893  


Wednesday, April 27 

6 p.m. 

Co-sponsored with the 2022 Spring Arts Festival 

An Artist Talk with BHCC Alumni Khalid Slaiki  

Exile and Memory – A Childhood Story of Tangier 

Engage with artist and BHCC alumni, Khalid Slaiki on his current exhibition on view in the Library and Learning Commons through July 21, 2022 of paintings and sculptures that evoke his lived experience of growing up in Morocco – a story of mountains and sea, of alienation and resilience. 

Remarks by Kevin Wery, Senior Director, Office of College Events and Cultural Planning

Sponsored by the Library and Learning Commons and the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81185173934?pwd=TkdUSGRjbFBob3dtVlJ4MVR4YjNvUT09 

Join by Phone:  +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 811 8517 3934 

Passcode: 904647 

Library and Learning Commons, Third Floor, E-Building 


For more information about the art in this exhibition, or to schedule a class visit email dwturner@bhcc.edu 


Thursday, April 28  

1 p.m.  

Co-sponsored with the 2022 Spring Arts Festival 

BHCC One Book with Award-winning Poet, Author and Educator, José Olivarez, Citizen Illegal 

Remarks by One Book Project Coordinator, Naoko Akai-Dennis, Professor, English Department 

José Olivarez’s debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal (2018), won the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award. He is the co-author of Home Court (2014), and the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. The son of Mexican immigrants, Olivarez earned a BA from Harvard University; he has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Conversation Literary Festival. In 2019, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His work has been featured in BreakBeat Poets, the Adroit Journal, the Rumpus, Hyperallergic, The Paris Review and elsewhere. He is a coeditor of BreakBeat Poets 4: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Books). 

Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83349540708?pwd=aUV2eVZIUXVBeXlvYjd4NTNlN0hXUT09 

Join by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 833 4954 0708 

Passcode: 959673 


BHCC Library and Learning Commons

Explore the collection from the BHCC’s Library of published poets’ work that celebrates a wide range of style, theme and language.

Kanopy Films

Films on Demand Films


Library Catalog: https://bunkerhill.noblenet.org/eg/opac/home?locg=7

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