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Corcoran Poetry Wall Launch Party

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Corcoran Poetry Wall is a public installation of two different poems, written by Durham residents, Kristi Stout and Nina Oteria in the form of a mural painted by Bethany Bash. The launch party will feature Kristi and Nina reading selections of their poetry, as well as readings by Dasan Ahanu, Megan Bowser, Kate Van Dis, and Kofi Robinson. There will be a brief open mic portion following the readers, for community members who would also like to share work. Refreshments will be provided by Jeddah’s Tea.

From the Artists:
“Our theme of ‘the unseen,’ under earth and underwater, inspired us to bring our hidden words forward in hopes of encouraging others to do the same. We aim to bring Durham residents into contact with poetry written by their neighbors. We hope to change the traditional perception of who poetry is for and what poetry can say.”

Funding for the Corcoran Poetry Wall was provided by the Downtown Durham, Inc. Public Space Project. Learn more at

intsta: @corcoranpoetry

About the Creators:
Bethany Bash is a painter who has lived and worked in Durham since 2008. She has five outdoor public art murals around the city, including one of the satellite dishes at the Satellite Park and a traffic control box on Trinity Avenue. She also has a studio practice, where she focuses on exploring themes of identity, growth, and acceptance through the creation of self-portraits. Facebook: Art by Bethany Bash

Nina Oteria is from Raleigh, NC. She lives in Durham and writes about blackness, vision, nature, and healing. You can find more poems and work at Facebook: @ninafoster93

Kristi Stout is a multidisciplinary artist based in Durham. You can find more of her work on Instagram @kristi.kreme, or on her website Facebook: @kristi.stout.71

Featured Readers:
Dasan Ahanu
Megan Bowser
Kate Van Dis
Kofi Robinson