PiP 58 Featuring Dedria Humphries Barker

untitled-7424Poets in Pajamas brings you Dedria Humphries Barker at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on July 21st with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Dedria Humphries Barker straddles the line between colors and cultures. She is totally America. Identifying as a black Detroiter, she recognized the white in and around her when she moved to Michigan. In her work as a journalist, writer, editor, publisher, educator and public speaker, she considers the issues of mixed-race families in the midwestern United States. She’s educated, with a Master of Arts degree in English from Wayne State University in Detroit. She studied writing at, among others, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop with the late James McPherson. Her writing career started at the Michigan Chronicle, Detroit, continued as a staff writer for Gannett Co., Inc. newspapers, and culminated as a professor of English at Lansing Community College in Michigan. Her work has appeared in anthologies and national and regional markets, including The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives of Mixed-Race Americans and Black Lives Have Always Mattered; Redbook magazine, The Detroit News, Salon.com, Literary Mama, Sundry: A Journal of the Arts, the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and the Ohio and Michigan historical societies. Her first book, Mother of Orphans: The True and Curious Story of Irish Alice, a Colored Man’s Widow, is the story of her Irish great-grandmother who married a black man in 1899 in Cincinnati and, when widowed in 1912, put their three black children in an orphanage. Mother of Orphans is forthcoming from 2Leaf Press, New York City. A wife and mother of three, she lives with her husband, Michael D. Barker. Find her on Twitter @dedria_hb.

Read Dedria Humphries Barker’s work in The Beiging of America and Black Lives Have Always Mattered from 2Leaf Press.

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on July 21, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.