Na'Tosha De'Von will lead a supportive poetry workshop focused on using art as a tool for healing. Participants will learn about using the five senses as a form of metaphoric expression.  Participants will also write a poem to their younger selves in a moment when they were afraid and explore how to comfort that child while facing fears that may still impact them today. Those who are willing may share with the group. 

A published poet and actor from Mississippi, Na'Tosha De'Von received her Masters in Acting in May 2019 from the University of Arkansas. Na’Tosha started her journey as a poet at a young age as a means of self-therapy. Her poetry has provided her the opportunity to travel the South and perform for influential people of her time such as Myrlie Evers, Danny Glover, and Common. Through her artistry she believes her purpose is to expose one’s truth and heal. 

This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective.

This discussion will take place via Zoom. Please register to receive the login information.