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The Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading Series  2020-2021


Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading Series launched on September 13, 2020 featuring speculative poets presenting their world-reshaping work. 

The Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading Series was created by poet, writer and artist, Akua Lezli Hope, inspired by the energy and community of ConZealand. “Hearing and seeing creators from all over the world was transformative. I hope this series will inspire people to listen to these word wielders and, after listening, to seek their wondrous works. The possibility for bedazzlement and a deep and lasting engagement is at hand.”


Twenty-one speculative poets were included in the Series.

Each event lasted an hour and included an interview with the poet and an audience Q&A time, as well as the poet’s reading. Readings were broadcast live on the Facebook Speculative Poetry page via Zoom and all were recorded.


Find the recordings  at : https://www.facebook.com/specpo/videos and/or on Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading Series’ youtube channel: https://tinyurl.com/specpovids.

The series was made possible, in part, by the Artist Development grant program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira- Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. It was later funded, in part, by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Legislature.


The poets presented were:


  1. Bryant O’Hara                             9/13/20                      

  2. Wendy Van Camp                      9/27/20

  3. Vince Gotera                               10/11/20

  4. Sheree Renée Thomas                10/25/20

  5. André O. Hoilette                       11/8/20                      

  6. Linda Addison                             11/22/20                     

  7. Bryan Thao Worra                      12/6/20 

  8. Akua Lezli Hope                         12/20/20

  9. John W. Sexton                           1/3/2021       

  10. Wendy Low                                 1/17/2021

  11. LindaAnn LoSchiavo                  1/31/2021

  12. féi hernandez                              2/14/2021

  13. Jacqueline Johnson                     3/14/2021

  14. Terese Mason Pierre                   3/28/2021

  15. Jennifer Crow                              4/11/2021

  16. Holly Lyn Walrath                      4/25/2021

  17. Juan Manuel Perez                      6/20/2021

  18. Soonest Nathaniel                       8/15/2021

  19. Jean-Paul L. Garnier                   9/12/2021

  20. Adele Gardner                             10/10/2021

  21. Mary Soon Lee                            11/14/2021   

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