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An Evening with Leslé Honoré
December 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Mercantile LibraryFree
Photo credit: Mercantile Library
Don’t miss a chance to hear powerful poetry of activism and more for FREE! Reserve your tickets now for this Leslé Honoré Cincinnati Poetry Reading.
Come out for the Cincinnati debut of Leslé Honoré, Blaxican Poet, artivist, and author of Fist & Fire, a collection of powerful, unflinching poems that confront issues of social justice through the lens of real human lives and voices, and dive into the flames of love within the context of a relationship.
Though this event is FREE and open to the public, reservations are required via online ticketing, email firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 513-621-0717. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Who is Leslé Honoré?
In her poetry and work as executive director of the K.L.E.O. Center, she works to empower youth to find their voices through the arts, and inspire people to stand in the gaps that social, economic, and racial inequities create. Leslé challenges readers, inviting them to think, feel, and consider how to create spaces where everyone can thrive.
About Mercantile Library
The Mercantile Library occupies the 11th and part of the 12th stories of The Mercantile Library Building in the heart of downtown Cincinnati and is one of nearly two-dozen surviving membership libraries in the United States. Since 1835, The Mercantile Library has continuously sought out dynamic lecturers and speakers, experts on a wide array of subjects—politics, art, literature, science, religion and more.
The collection contains over 80,000 volumes and covers a broad range of subjects, including contemporary fiction, non-fiction, classics, history, poetry, travel, and more.
In 1835 a group of young Cincinnati merchants started a library. They pooled their resources, books, and talents. Together, they prospered. The library grew. It collected works of art and hosted speakers and authors, including Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Mercantile Library flourished as a cultural, intellectual, and literary center of its region. Following its destruction by fire in 1845, members of the library collected $10,000 to rebuild.
In exchange they were granted a 10,000-year lease to its present site, 414 Walnut Street, where it lives today on the 11th and 12th floors of the Beaux-Arts Mercantile Library Building. As the library approaches 200 years, it continues to connect people with ideas through books, speakers, authors, and discussion groups, cultivating dialogue and debate. Today it is a place where readers, writers, artists, students, professionals, and creatives connect, work, and play.