Queens Writes Weekend & Wavelengths Reading

Lewis H. Latimer House participated in the annual Queens Writes Weekend on 5/20, with the site theme “Rainbow Haikus,” and Queens-based writer Sherese Francis as Site Captain. We were surprised and delighted to learn the love of haikus many writers share, eg. Richard Wright, Sonia Sanchez, and Jack Kerouac all published books of haikus.

Here are some of the haikus the participants wrote we’d like to share with you:

“My face is changing:
a constellation of spots
brands me to the sky”
“Bedbug so tiny
moving materialism

almost telepathically”.

— Nancy Agabian

“Drops of rain plop off
the edge of the roof
A storm’s wild heartbeat”
“Sidewalk of tiny ants
Walking shoes, giant feet dance
a delicate dance”
“Floating bubbles from
unblinking eyes, scaly mouth
water, being, breath”
(based on a student’s artwork in the museum’s Tinker Lab)
— Sherese Francis


Following the Queens Writes Weekend 2017, the Latimer House hosted reading event Wavelengths with Queens Writers Lab, a literary peer group organized by Queens Council on the Arts. A big thank-you to all the writers who shared their works!

#WAVELENGTHS #reading with #QueensWritersLab. Thank you for sharing the amazing works! @queenscouncilarts @hhtnyc @nyscouncilonthearts

A post shared by Lewis Latimer House/LatimerNOW (@latimernow) on May 20, 2017 at 5:12pm PDT

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