The session was in honor of the great Amiri Baraka, who passed away earlier in January. Baraka was a revolutionary and an innovative poet/novelist who spent his life fighting for the rights of African Americans. In the 1960s-70s, Baraka fronted the Black Arts Movement that promoted the idea of a militant artistic movement. His works are always controversial. My favorite poem of the night, read by my friend, Jolivette Anderson, was Somebody Blew Up America, written in response to 9/11.
Here is Baraka reading Somebody Blew Up America:
If you'd like to learn more about Baraka, this is a great website to start with.