SMC Education Professor and Acclaimed Writer Raina Léon Named Poet in Residence at MoAD




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KSOE Professor Raina Léon has been named a Poet in Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco beginning September 1. Léon is the acclaimed author of three poetry collections, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra :dis(locate); and the chapbook profeta without refuge. In addition, she is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective, the national LatinX poetry workshop CantoMundo, and the socially engaged writers association Macondo. Léon said she was honored by this recognition, which she shares with Tongo Eisen-Martin, as MoAD’s inaugural Poets in Residence. “It is incredibly fulfilling to be seen as a poet and as an educator in the fullness of my life, and in that full, black experience, be fostered in flourish.” Leon will write poetry influenced by the museum’s exhibits and teach workshops to students through a partnership with Oakland’s ARISE High School.