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Dec 4, 2020

“Ebo Barton is the queer echo to the first whisper of revolution.” This is what author Tara Hardy had to say about spoken word poet Ebo Barton’s first collection of poetry, Insubordinate, which explores Barton’s discovery of themselves, acknowledging their history, and navigating a world not ready for their existence. Barton invited us to hear selections from their collection, and join in conversation with Hardy about the work and generally about being in a body in the world.

A leader in arts and activism, Ebo Barton is committed to creating opportunities for others to organize, heal, and rejoice. From weekly open mics to curated shows like Alchemy Poetry with Ben Yisrael to educating across the country at various institutions, 2020 Jack Straw Writing Fellow and 2016 5th ranked poet in the world, Ebo Barton’s written, performative, and community work demands societal reckoning.

Tara Hardy is a working class, Queer, Femme, Disabled poet and founder of Bent, a writing institute for LGBTQ+ people in Seattle. She is a daughter of the United Auto Workers and has worked in social justice movements most of her life. Currently, she teaches at University Beyond Bars, Hugo House, and The Evergreen State College. Hardy is the author of two books; her second book, My, My, My, My, My, won a Washington State Book Award.

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