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“The Mandorla Letters” Book Release

November 22 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a book release for The Mandorla Letters, the first book released by award winning flautist and composer, Nicole Mitchell Gantt, through the Green Lantern Press. Mitchell will be in conversation with critically acclaimed author, filmmaker , dancer and independent scholar. Ytasha L. Womack.

The Mandorla Letters is part memoir, part manifesto, part Black speculative novella.  The Mandorla Letters: for the hopeful blurs boundaries between this world and an imagined future whose overlapping wisdoms make cooperation with our natural environment a central concern for collective thriving. Extending her ongoing musical project Mandorla Awakening, Nicole Mitchell Gantt explores inequity, the musical legacies of jazz, creative music, and intercultural collaboration to guide readers toward an alternative society that disrupts binaries, hierarchies, and western ideas of progress. Paying homage to artists, musicians, and writers who have inspired her, Mitchell Gantt opens channels for artistic proliferation that are integral to the collective survival of our planet.

Nicole Mitchell Gantt Bio: Nicole Mitchell Gantt is an award-winning creative flautist, conceptualist, and composer. She is a former chairwoman of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and founder of the Black Earth Ensemble. The Mandorla Letters is her first book.

Ytasha L. Womack Bio: Ytasha L. Womack is a critically acclaimed author, filmmaker, dancer, independent scholar, and champion of humanity and the imagination. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture (2013) bridges science fiction, futurisms, and culture and was a 2014 Locus Awards Non Fiction Finalist. Womack tours the world championing Afrofuturism and the role of the imagination. Her works in Afrofuturism have been translated into Portuguese and Spanish for markets in Brazil and Latin America. Womack’s other books include Rayla 2213 (2016) Post Black: How a New Generation is Refining African American Identity (2010), which was a Booklist Top 10 Black History Reader, and Beats, Rhymes and Life: What We Love & Hate About Hip Hop (2007). More information available here: https://www.ytashawomack.com

About Green Lantern Press: Founded in 2005, the Green Lantern Press (GLP) is an artist-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit publishing house dedicated to the support, production, and dissemination of contemporary art, poetry, and philosophy. As a roving operation without physical headquarters, the GLP produces experimental art exhibits, critical print publications, and cultural events that promote public discussion and community. We are committed to funding artists in the commission and development of new work that brings forth ethical questions about how to ensure a more equitable and sustainable life for all. Since inception, the GLP has organized over 250 events and exhibitions while publishing more than 40 paperback editions in a range of genres from contemporary art, critical theory, fiction, and poetry.

Learn more here: https://thegreenlantern.org

Venue

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Chicago, IL 60615 US
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