Zetta Elliott for SAY HER NAME in discussion with Breanna McDaniel

Join us for an evening with writer Zetta Elliott for the release of her YA book of poetry Say Her Name, in discussion with author Breanna McDaniel. 


Say her name and solemnly vow

Never to forget, or allow

Our sisters’ lives to be erased;

Their presence cannot be replaced.

This senseless slaughter must stop now.

In Say Her Name award-winning author Zetta Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls. Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists championing the Black Lives Matter cause. This compelling collection reveals the beauty, danger, and magic found at the intersection of race and gender.


Zetta Elliott is a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. I was born and raised in Canada, but have lived in the US for over 20 years. I earned my PhD in American Studies from NYU in 2003; I have taught at Ohio University, Louisiana State University, Mount Holyoke College, Hunter College, Bard High School Early College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. My poetry has been published in New Daughters of AfricaWe Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, the Cave Canem anthology The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean SouthCheck the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book: an Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers.  Say Her Name, a young adult poetry collection, will be published by Disney/Jump at the Sun in 2020.


Breanna J. McDaniel hails from College Park, GA and is the author of debut picture book, Hands Up! She is also a 2nd year PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge, where her research is focused on readers' responses to the depiction of black children as food in contemporary picture books. In addition to her growing body of scholarship and her creative work she is taking strides to unite communities within her field to encourage broader representation of children from diverse backgrounds. To this end she is also organising a conference in Glasgow in August of this year for REIYL (Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature) an initiative she co-founded with colleague Joshua Simpson. She is a proud alumna of Emory University and Simmons University.



Event date: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
827 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Say Her Name Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Loveis Wise (Illustrator), Loveis Wise (Cover design or artwork by)
ISBN: 9781368045247
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 14th, 2020

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