Lit Crawl Boston 2021 Lit Crawl Boston 2021
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Poetry+Science: Session 1


The Poetry of Science aims to increase the representation of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian & Pacific Islander, and People of Color’s (POCs) experiences in the fields of poetry and the sciences. The project's goal is to counter the negative associations handed down by systemic racism by creating new and positive associations between POC, the arts, the sciences. Cambridge-affiliated poets have collaborated with local scientists of color to create a poem about their inspiration as scientists and their field of study. Poems and associated portraits of the scientists will be printed and publicly installed. The Poetry of Science gives poets the opportunity to publish new work, and offer the scientists an avenue to understand their work in a new language, bridging the gap between the sciences and the humanities—an analogous gesture in linking and strengthening distinct communities of color.

Danielle Legros Georges
Poetry of Science

Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, literary translator, and the author of Island Heart: The Poems of Ida Faubert. Appointed the second Poet Laureate of the city of Boston, she served in the role from 2015 to 2019. Her awards include fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Foundation, and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. She is a professor of creative writing at Lesley University and the translation editor of Consequenceforum.org.

Miriam Manglani
Poetry of Science

Miriam Manglani lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005 with a masters of education in technology in education. She is a member of Writer’s Village University, where she is working toward her fiction MFA certificate.  She works full-time as a technical training manager at Sonos. Her poetry has been published in Village Square, an online literary journal. 

Suparnamaaya Prasad
Poetry of Science

Suparnamaaya Prasad is a junior at MIT majoring in electrical engineering and creative writing. She was born to South Indian immigrants, and the drive to maintain continuity in family and culture fundamentally shaped her childhood. These instilled values have led her to storytelling, where she's not only able to share the experiences of those who came before her, but also to advocate for those yet to come.


To kick off your evening at Lit Crawl, swing by Popportunity at Starlight Square for pop-up readings and performances by poets Danielle Legros Georges, Miriam Manglani, and Suparnamaaya Prasad as part of Poetry of Science, a collaboration between Cambridge-affiliated poets and local scientists of color to create a poem about their inspiration as scientists and their field of study. This project is supported by the Cambridge Arts Council.

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