The Baltimore Sun and Back Pocket Media have teamed up for a night of storytelling and poetry. Hear the compelling stories behind stories covered in the news plus a performance by Baltimore’s Young Poet Laureate, all revolving around the theme “Desire: Stories of Hidden Patterns, Impossible Probabilities, and the Pursuit of Change.” Think of it as a podcast, but live and on stage.
The way stories are created and the people behind them are themselves full of stories. While they can’t be just a headline or news alert, they’re great for sharing in person. Come be entertained and leave feeling more connected to your city.
Tuesday, July 26, 7 p.m. (Doors 6:30 p.m.)
Living Classrooms, 1417 Thames St., Baltimore, 21231
The Sun’s newsroom and producers Back Pocket Media have lined up five live performers:
• Many follow Christina Tkacik to keep up with the latest food trends. But the Sun’s food reporter also has a knack for bringing up stories from the past that are often overlooked. It takes viewers to the East Coast and behind the scenes of the shellfish processing that so many Marylanders crave. There, a group of former crab pickers from Crisfield work to honor the memory of a massive strike by black women who, emerging from the Great Depression, braved bullying from the crowds to fight for a better salary.
• What makes a neighborhood desirable? Growing up in Poppleton in West Baltimore, Sonia Eaddy has fond memories of playing jacks and staying out late with other children on summer nights. But when she returned as an adult, she discovered that a community had changed. She worked hard to restore the unity she remembered only to find that the city wanted to bring her and many neighbors home through eminent domain.
• Micha Green, reporting editor at The Sun, knows that sometimes when a reporter goes looking for a certain story and thinks they’ve found the perfect one, another may find it instead. Years ago, the desire to tell a certain story about the health care system almost masked a more complex but more compelling one. Ghosted by a source when she confronted her about holes in her story, Micha tries to reconnect and end her.
• For Janet Glover-Kerkvliet, supporting unemployed older workers through the Baltimore Job Hunters Support Group is personal. Career development was a priority for her from an early age after her father’s layoff led to her family living in a hotel. What is often described simply as an economic story is also a social and emotional story: with just one pink slip, a lifetime of desires – including, simply, the desire to be wanted – can seem out of reach.
• A’niya Taylor is the Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate. The 2021 Baltimore City College High School graduate won first place in the 2021 Brave New Voices Individual Poetry Slam and in 2020, the Baltimore Sun editorial board named her a finalist for Marylander of the Year for her pro-death activism. social justice. Poetry, she says, “opened me up to so many different ways of expressing myself.”
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