Performance poets Shira Erlichman and Angel Nafis to present workshop, performance

Performance poets Shira Erlichman and Angel Nafis will visit Yale on Tuesday, Feb. 28 as Poynter Fellows in Journalism. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Resources, Wallace-Sexton Fund for LGBTQ Studies, Intercultural Affairs Council and the Women’s Center.

The two will host a writing workshop at 4 p.m., which will take place at the Office of LGBTQ Resources, 100 Tower Pkwy or 40 Ashmun St. Sign-up is preferred but not mandatory. 

Following the workshop, they will present a 7:30 p.m. performance in the Calhoun Cabaret, 189 Elm St.

Nafis is the recipient of the Millay Colony residency and a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her work has appeared in The Rattling Wall, “The BreakBeat Poets” anthology, Muzzle Magazine, The Rumpus, Poetry Magazine, and more. She has represented New York City at both the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and the founder, curator, and host of the Greenlight Poetry Salon. She is the author of “BlackGirl Mansion” (Red Beard/New School Poetics, 2012). With poet Morgan Parker she is co-founder of The Other Black Girl Collective, an internationally touring Black Feminist poetry duo. For more information about Nafis, visit www.angelnafis.com.

Born in Israel and rasied in Massachusetts, Erlichman is a poet, musician, and visual artist. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee; her work can be found in The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed Reader, PBS Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, BUST, Bitch Magazine and The Baffler, among others. She was awarded a residency by the Millay Colony and the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center. As a musician she’s performed her experimental pop-soul across the United States, sharing stages with TuNe-YaRdS, CocoRosie, Mirah and Andrea Gibson. Her new full-length album, “Subtle Creature,” is available on ITunes and Spotify. For more information about Erlichman, visit www.officialshira.com.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter Fellows are Majora Carter, Eli Kintisch, Scott Anderson, and Ben Solomon.