Langston Hughes Poetry Reading This Sunday

The twenty-fifth annual event recognizes Hughes' 118th birthday.

Emily Ruth Hazel will write an original poem.

A free event celebrating the poems of icon Langston Hughes will be held Sunday, February 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. Hughes’ poems, which date from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960s, are powerful, poignant and often humorous, and will be read aloud by a diverse group of individuals from communities across Southern New England.

Becky Bass and Friends will provide musical accompaniment.

The event is coordinated by the Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee; other partners include the Providence Public Library and Rhode Island Black Storytellers with funding by the Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, the R.I. Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Foundation.

The reading is at Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker Street, Providence. For more info, visit


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