GrubStreet, the Boston Literary District, and Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity joined forces to host "Who Are We When We’re At Home: the Black Experience in Boston” during the Muse and the Marketplace 2017 conference at the Park Plaza Hotel.
Boston Globe Associate Editor and Op-ed columnist Renee Graham moderates a conversation about the experience of code/switching that's common to African Americans nationally but also particularly in greater Boston, a city with its own very complicated and contradictory racial history. She’s joined at the table by the poet Charles Coe, historian Kerri Greenidge, and Boston’s Chief Resiliency Officer, Dr. Atyia Martin.
BIO: Charles Coe
Charles Coe is the author of two poetry books: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon. He is also the author of the novella Spin Cycles. He is also the 2017 Artist-in-Residence for the city of Boston.
BIO: Dr. Kerri Greenidge
Dr. Kerri Greenidge has taught at multiple universities, including Tufts University, where she currently teaches through the History Department and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. Her work includes historical research for the Wiley-Blackwell Anthology of African-American Literature, the Oxford African American Studies Center, and the Boston History and Innovation Collaborative.
BIO: Atyia Martin
Dr. Atyia Martin was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller foundation. She is adjunct faculty at Northeastern University in the Master of Homeland Security program. She is the former Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). She has a variety of experiences working in emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security.