New York’s African Burial Ground on Zoom


Feb 07
7:00 pm -
8:00 pm

Author David Mills, who also goes by the name Don St. Clair, will be discussing his new poetry collection Boneyarn, about New York’s African Burial Ground. “David Mills’ Boneyarn, about New York’s African Burial Ground—America’s oldest and largest slave cemetery—conducts a heart wrenching yet historically meticulous excavation of America’s contradictory allegiance to freedom and slavery, equality and racial hatred,” says critic Alan Shapiro. “Whether speaking about or through the voices of nameless servants or chimney sweeps, Mills combines a novelist’s love of character with a poet’s pitch perfect ear for idiom and eye for unforgettable detail.” This program is for teens and adults and you can register in advance by clicking here.

David Mills is the author of The Sudden Country and The Dream Detective. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The American Antiquarian Society, The Queens Council on the Arts and Breadloaf. He has recorded his poetry for ESPN and RCA Records and lived in Langston Hughes’ landmark Harlem home. A Q&A will follow the reading. This program is presented by the Pelham Public Library in collaboration with the Harrison and Irvington Public Libraries.


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