Poet Sapphire speaks at Century
WHITE BEAR LAKE — Performance poet Sapphire, author of the book that inspired the Academy Award-winning movie “Precious,” gives a free reading and commentary as Century College’s Martin Luther King guest speaker at 11 a.m. Feb. 6 in the West Campus Theatre.
Sapphire’s books and poems on topics such as child abuse, domestic violence and social justice highlight the challenges faced by youth, women and individuals striving to achieve upward mobility. Sapphire’s poetry has been called “spiky and uncompromising.” She also has been called a poet of “slick-talking, nearly hallucinatory riffs on growing up poor, tough and black in America.”
Sapphire’s work tells the story of the cruel realities of inner-city life in a brutally honest way. Her first novel, “Push,” recounts the plight of 16-year-old Precious Jones, a victim of physical and sexual abuse, who is pregnant with her father’s child for the second time. The book was made into the movie “Precious” and won an Academy Award.
In her second book, a volume of poetry entitled “Black Wings & Blind Angels,” Sapphire addresses police brutality, her relationship with her abusive father and alcoholic mother, and sexual identity.
In her writing, Sapphire attempts to bring her audience into a world that for many is an unfortunate reality. Her intention is to move people to action.
For more information, please call Herbert King at 651-773-1794.