Book Launch: Book Launch: Skip Tracer by Jive Poetic in conversation Mahogany L Browne

Book Launch: Book Launch: Skip Tracer by Jive Poetic in conversation Mahogany L Browne

Tuesday Jul 23, 2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street across from the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

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About the Book.

An innovative memoir―composed of poems, prose, and photographs―that engages with the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, cultural identity, music, and masculinity, by a poetry legend.

Blending poetry and prose, music, and genealogy, Jive Poetic’s Skip Tracer is a memoir structured as a “hybrid sound system” (complete with “records,” “tracks,” “decks,” and “channels”), expertly curated to convey the complexity of Blackness in the Americas. In this ancestral and cultural excavation, Jive conducts archival and oral-history research into his family’s connections to Jamaica, Panama, Brazil, and Cuba to explore the impact of culture, environment, and family on first- and second-generation Black Americans in the United States. He also traces the profound influence that hip-hop, soul, R&B, reggae, and other popular musical genres have had on him―all the while performing a dynamic re-creation of his legendary onstage persona on the page. A raw and affecting indictment of police violence and racism in the United States, Skip Tracer is also a searingly honest exploration of personal identity, power, and privilege―all expressed in the unmistakable language, rhythm, and style that characterizes Jive’s live performances.





About the Author.

Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, DJ, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He is founder of Insurgent Poets Society and Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange and is the cofounder of Brooklyn Poetry Slam.


















About the Moderator. 

Mahogany L. Browne is an American poet curator, writer, organizer and educator. As of July 2021, Browne is the first-ever poet-in-residence at New York City’s Lincoln Center.