The Corrales History Society will host Santa Fe Poet Laureate Darryl Wellington at 2 p.m. March 19 to present “Black Poets in America, in New Mexico and Beyond.”

According to the society, this event will celebrate poetry by Black Americans. Guests will become familiarized with Wellington’s own work as well as poets whose stories intersect with New Mexico history, including Jean Toomer, Jay Wright and Anita Scott Coleman.

He will explore the historical connections of the works of Black poets from the Civil War period through the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and up to the Black Lives Matter movement. Poems related to the legacy of Estaban, Blackdom and the Buffalo Soldiers freedom movements, as well as poetry by Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, Ross Gay and others, may be presented.

Wellington’s most recent poetry collection is “Psalms at the Present Time.” In addition to his poetic passion, he is a journalist, playwright, public speaker and art critic. His work often focuses on social issues, justice issues and African American history. He will have material forthcoming in two anthologies: “In Fullness of the Word,” a collection of poems by Black Poet Laureates, and “Going for Broke,” a compilation of investigative journalism.

The presentation will take place at Historic Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro. It is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 150 people.

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