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Hear from Local Author and Participate in Youth Poetry Contest

Conversation and book signing opportunity on Jan. 26

Book Conversation and Limited Signing

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Author Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy

The Department of Equity and Inclusion invites you to attend a special event on Friday, Jan. 26 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Tarboro Road Community Center as we highlight the work of esteemed scholar, poet, and Raleigh native, Dr. Shelia Smith McKoy and her latest text, The Bones Beneath

This book of poetry “transports readers across place and time, focusing on race and racism, health and healing” while challenging us to discover a shared sense of collective humanity and connectedness.

Dr. Smith McKoy will read selections from her book, lead a conversation about her work, and sign a limited number of free copies of the book as well. 

Visit Dr. Smith McKoy's webpage to learn more about her!

Youth Poetry Contest

We want to hear your stories, too! Raleigh youth aged 12 to 18 are invited to share their experience living in Raleigh related to social justice and/or social change. Eligible poetry submissions will be considered for a prize from Dr. Smith McKoy. 

There will be an opportunity for the first five submissions to read their work at the event on Jan. 26. For consideration, please fill out the submission form and send your poem to no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23. All submissions are subject to review prior to performance. 

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Department of Equity and Inclusion 

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