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Reading series brings generations of black women writers together

2/9/2016, 4:15 p.m.
This Black History Month, a group of black women writers are coming together to read from their own stories.
Ebony Oldham, one of the featured readers at the Unchaste Readers Series this month.

This Black History Month, a group of black women writers are coming together to read from their own stories as part of the Unchaste Readers Series: Women Reading Their Minds.

The free and open-to-the-public celebration takes place Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Cerimon House, 5131 N.E. 23rd Ave.

For black women, nights like this are “a vital necessity of our existence,” said poet Audre Lorde. “The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.”

The readers scheduled to appear include Portland Youth Poet Laureate Sekai Edwards, celeb rated playwright and poet S. Renee Mitchell, Black Lives Matters activist Ebony Oldham, Black Portlanders’ founder and photographer Intisar Abioto, along with Kiki Nicole, Jewels Harrison, Kalimah Abioto, Wanda Abioto, Rochelle Hart, Darlene Solon-Rogers and Turiya Autry.

Oldham is a womanist, writer poet and singer. She is an organizer with Black Lives Matter Portland, an advocate at New Avenues for Youth, and a graduate student at Portland State University exploring how colorism impacts leadership for black women and other women of color.