Community Voices: Poets Speak – Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross

February 3, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street San Francisco
CA 94105

In this weekly series, seven Bay Area poets share new poems created in response to the current exhibitions. They will also describe the processes they employ in writing ekphrastic work. Come and listen, and experience art that moves your spirit to consider power and liberation.

January 6-February 17 feature individual performances.

These readings and discussions culminate in the MoAD Salon with an evening of performance by all the poets in this series on February 24th. 

The exhibitions on view are Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks and Billie Zangewa: Thread for a Web Begun.

Featured Poet

Award-winning and widely published poet, author, journalist, & artivist Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross uses poetry as a catalyst for healing. Her performative narrative pedagogy is centered around themes ranging from personal topics, religion, identity, women’s empowerment, and social justice.

In her decades-spanning practice, Aqueila has explored the power of sharing personal stories towards overcoming trauma. Using her poetry collection, Stop Hurting and Dance, and her performance art workshop, “From a Victim to a Thriving Survivor: Learning How to Revive the Soul”; she honors what it means to live with resilience, love and prosperity.

Aqueila has studied and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, and is a graduate of Napa Valley College and University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, she anticipates receiving a Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate of Achievement in preparation [for work] within the field of violence prevention and trauma response.