Weary Kingdom Book Signing & Reading with DéLana R. A. Dameron
Join us for a special book signing and reading with poet DéLana R. A. Dameron of her new collection of poems, Weary Kingdom.
General Admission is FREE, suggested donation is $5.00
In this new collection of poems, Weary Kingdom, DéLana R. A. Dameron maps a journey across emotional, spiritual, and geographic lines, from the familiarity of the honeysuckle South to a new world, or a new kingdom―Harlem. Her poems traverse the streets of this Black mecca with a careful eye cast toward the intimacies of the exterior. Still, as the poems move throughout the built environment, they navigate matters of death, love, love loss, and family against the backdrop of a city that has yet to become home. Indeed what looms over this weary kingdom is a longing for the certainties of a lover’s touch, the summer’s sun, and the comforts of a promised land up North. And as the poet longs, so do readers. Ultimately they grow aware of Utopia’s fragility.
Dameron writes poetry attuned to migration, the environment, and history; her lyrical voice inscribes her personal history into a deep communal history of black migration and belonging. Her writing blends the mythic with the quotidian, the spiritual with the concrete, crafting a lyrical celebration of black life and urging us to consider radical ways of existing in and transforming our world.
DéLana R.A. Dameron Bio:
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, DéLana R.A. Dameron is a writer and arts and culture administrator living in Brooklyn, NY. Dameron is the author of Weary Kingdom (2017) and her debut collection How God Ends Us was selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Dameron holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has conducted readings, workshops and lectures all across the United States, Central America and Europe. www.delanaradameron.com.