Knight Lines: Free Youth Poetry Workshops

Knight Lines: Free Youth Poetry Workshops

Jul 20


Join the EKFreePeoplesBe project and the Center for Black Literature and Culture at Indianapolis Public Library for a set of poetry workshops exploring the Indianapolis poet Etheridge Knight. Youth (age 8-15) and their families will learn about Knight’s poetry and will try their hands at writing their own. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Three workshops will be offered, with three different ways to write poetry: come for just one, or stay for all of them!

  • Session 1 (11am-12:00 noon):  “Discovering Me”, about how we perceive ourselves
  • Session 2 (12:30pm-1:30pm): “Through Other Eyes”, about how we perceive the world around us
  • Session 3: (2:00pm-3:00pm): “I Was, I Am, I Will Be”, about how we see ourselves in the world

Center for Black Literature and Culture, Indianapolis Public Library / Central Branch
40 East Saint Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
There is a parking garage accessible from Pennsylvania St.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

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Workshop Presenters

COREY EWING is a native of Indianapolis, IN. After pursuing his love of poetry across the country, he has since returned home to support various projects including Indianapolis Poetry Slam, Word As Bond, Fighting Words Poetry, Cosplay Poets, multiple slam teams, and Cafe Creative at the Kheprw Institute.  He also curates VOCAB, a monthly evening of poetry and spoken word performances including an open mic opportunity. Corey continues to teach, coach, and create as an interdisciplinary artist.

JANUARIE YORK is a freelance writer, published author & poet who was recently named the Center for Black Literature and Culture’s first Poet Laureate. In addition to performing original works of poetry, she has produced several of her own spoken word theatrical shows that focus on uplifting and inspiring women. She has released two spoken word albums, one chapbook of poetry, and runs an online magazine publication called, “LiT Magazine.” She has also acted in several plays including”For Colored Girls Only”, for which she wrote two original works for. She resides in Indianapolis, IN, where in addition to curating poetry shows, she has created several community healing events and developed a poetry activity book based on increasing Black well-being.  Januarie has worked with the Asante Children’s Theater, Eskenazi Hospital, IU Health, Visit Indy, Indianapolis Central Library and the Fair Housing Act of Indiana among others.

Knight Lines: Free Youth Poetry Workshops
Center for Black Literature and Culture