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Reimagine Candlelight Vigil with Poets Mahogany L. Browne and Victoria Chang

Hosted by Reimagine

Let's honor our loved ones, hold space for grief, and reflect on the possibilities of transformation with poets Mahogany L. Browne and Victoria Chang.

Reimagine has been hosting candlelight vigils throughout the pandemic in order to break down taboos and hold space for all that we've lost. Victoria Chang, award-winning poet and past Reimagine Vigil speaker, will lead a conversation with performance poet Mahogany L. Browne. Topics will include the transformative power of art and activism, the grief of young adults, and how resilience and growth prove that Black girl magic is real.

Mahogany L. Browne

Mahogany L. Browne, selected as Kennedy Center’s Next 50, is the Executive Director of JustMedia, a media literacy initiative with a focus on the criminal legal system, and is informed by her career as a writer, organizer, & educator. Browne has received fellowships from Art for Justice Fund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of recent works: Vinyl Moon, Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, Black Girl Magic & book-length poem: I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love. She is the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair, a traveling diverse reading campaign, and is the first-ever poet-in-residence at the Lincoln Center and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang’s latest book of poetry is The Trees Witness Everything (Copper Canyon Press). Her nonfiction book, Dear Memory (Milkweed Editions), was published in 2021. OBIT (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), her prior book of poems was named a New York Times Notable Book, a Time Must-Read Book, and received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry, and the PEN/Voelcker Award. It was also longlisted for a National Book Award and named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and lives in Los Angeles and is the Acting Program Chair and faculty member within Antioch’s low-residency MFA Program.

Image Description:

A headshot of Mahogany L. Browne, a Black woman with a head wrap, hoop earrings, and a beautiful smile; Victoria Chang, an Asian-American woman with a calm and warm gaze. She has long, straight hair parted in the middle and wears a necklace.

About Reimagine

Reimagine hosts community-driven experiences that bring creativity, connection, and essential conversation to face adversity, loss, and mortality, and channel the hard parts of life into meaningful action and growth. Reimagine envisions a world where we can embrace life fully—from this moment through the end—and collectively contribute to a more just and compassionate society. Reimagine experiences encompass arts + entertainment, healthcare + social services, spirituality + religion, and Innovation + design.


Ritual & Ceremony Talk, Panel, & Conversation Community Gathering Celebration & Remembrance
COVID-19 Grief Isolation & Connection Living Fully Social Justice & Race