Lincoln Center on Thursday named Mahogany L. Browne its first ever poet in residence, part of its initiative to use its outdoor spaces as New York emerges from pandemic lockdowns.
Browne, 45, is the author of several books, including “Black Girl Magic,” “Chlorine Sky,” and the forthcoming “I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love.” She is also the executive director of the media-literacy organization JustMedia. Poetry, she said in a video interview, is “at the core of everything I do.”
Her residency, named “We Are the Work” in a nod to the Audre Lorde essay “The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action,” will run from July to September and will include in-person and virtual events such as poetry readings, film screenings, discussions and performances. Described as “an artistic call to recharge and unite towards justice within our communities,” “We Are the Work” is part of Restart Stages, an initiative Lincoln Center started earlier this year to bolster its outdoor programming.
“Teachers, abolitionists, writers, filmmakers — anyone widening the lens to reveal the full beautiful-bodied picture, anyone who is assuring we all have the liberties this country promised — that is the work,” Browne said.