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Meet Kendra Allen, Poet and Author of ‘The Collection Plate’ (Prince George’s County Memorial Library) – VIRTUAL

July 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Looping exultantly through the overlapping experiences of girlhood, Blackness, sex, and personhood in America, essayist and poet Kendra Allen braids personal narrative and cultural commentary, wrestling with the beauty and brutality to be found between mothers and daughters, young women and the world, Black bodies and white space, virginity and intrusion, prison and freedom, birth and death.

Most of all, The Collection Plate explores both how we collect and erase the voices, lives, and innocence of underrepresented bodies—and behold their pleasure, pain, and possibility.

Both formally exciting and a delight to read, The Collection Plate is a testament to Allen’s place as the voice of a generation—and a witness to how we come into being in the twenty-first century.


Kendra Allen is the author of award winning essay collection When You Learn The Alphabet and poetry collection The Collection Plate out July 6, 2021. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, she loves laughing and leaving. Her work can be found on and in Repeller, Southwest Review, Frontier, The Rumpus, and more.

Co-presented with the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission. Borrow the book from PGCMLS at pgcmls.info. Purchase the book from Loyalty Bookstores at tinyurl.com/PGCMLSLoyalty.

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July 20, 2021
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Prince George’s County Memorial Library
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301-699-3500
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