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Keeping Our Mothers’ Dreams Alive

January 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


For many of us, our mothers never spoke their dreams out loud. Sometimes, they did not dare dream them. We, however, are the ones they waited and are waiting for. We also have our own dreams. The power of dreamtime and the word are this: to remind us who we are, to soothe our souls, and to create futures that break away from the past but do not forget them. The Keeper of My Mothers’ Dreams will end with poetry readings, spoken word performances, and ritual to remember and give gratitude to all our Mothers’ Dreams.

With readings/performance from:
Manon Voice
Breon Tyler
Maurisa Li-A-Ping
Kimberly Licorish

About Abegunde
Abegunde is a Memory Keeper and ancestral priest who chooses to forget that words and days have limits. Instead, she chooses to remember – and live by – the words of a young Black woman in the 5th grade: Poetry can change the world. As a result, she spends her days and dream time chanting silenced memories into spoken histories. On the weekdays, when she isn’t birthing new words out of sound and images, she shapeshifts into an IU professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and the founding director of The Graduate Mentoring Center.

About Breon Tyler

Tyler is a visual artist from Gloucester, Virginia who also writes poetry. Her favorite medium is lithography, a form of printmaking. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and is wrapping up a master’s degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. Her research contemplates why and how Black people love despite the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual violence they have endured and are still enduring. Some of the things that bring her the most joy, aside from creating, include laughing, cooking, and dancing.

About Kimberly Licorish

Licorish has been writing poetry from the age of 11. She was born on the island of Barbados and moved to the United States when she was 16 years old. Her poems are inspired by her country—it’s traditions, music, history, food, people, and festivals.

Kimberly earned a BS in Psychology and a BA in Liberal Arts from IUPUI. It is there she developed her writing. Her poetic work has been published in the genesis Literary and Art magazine of IUPUI and has received numerous awards for her poetry, including the Best of scholarship for poetry. In 2013 she was invited to participate in The Borderlands Project spearheaded by Karen Kovacik, Indiana Poet Laureate and has been a featured poet at the IUPUI International Women’s Day celebration.

Kimberly is working to published her first book of poems. She is currently living in Indianapolis, Indiana with her daughter.

About Manon Voice
Manon Voice, is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is a poet, spoken word artist, event host, freelance writer, hip-hop emcee and social justice activist. Manon Voice seeks to use her art and activism to create a communal space where dialogue, transformation, discovery and inspiration can occur.
About Maurisa Li-A-Ping
Li-A-Ping is an Afro-Caribbean Black Queer Woman. She’s a storyteller and educator that utilizes poetry to promote student success. Maurisa is currently continuing her education as a Master’s student at IU and you can find her work published in (or forthcoming) in Black Diasporas, On Sisterhood Anthology and more.


January 20
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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