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May 17, 2022

Semaj Brown Flint Poet Laureate

Semaj Brown Flint Poet Laureate

Flint Poet Semaj Brown reads spellbinding environmental poems. Brown discusses her work with Flint Water Crisis victims teaching elementary how to write poetry.

Semaj Brown is an amazingly accomplished woman who is a poet, author, playwright, and educator, she was named the first poet laureate of Flint, Michigan, in 2019. In 2021, she received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.


Flint Poet Laureate Semaj Brown gives a fascinating reading of her environmental injustice poems. Poet Semaj Brown shares stories of working with the child victims of the Flint Water Crisis. Brown is on a mission to help heal the trauma victims in Flint, Michigan.  

Semaj Brown is an amazingly accomplished woman who is a poet, author, playwright, and educator, and she was named the first poet laureate of Flint, Michigan, in 2019. In 2021, she received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. During her time as Flint's first poet laureate, she has taught children to write poetry at Flint's Freeman School, helping adults who privately write poetry as a form of healing and spread the good word about the value of the literary arts across the Flint area. In this episode, she reads two of her amazing poems. Her poems focus on Flint and social justice issues. They address issues of loss and empowerment. 

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This podcast episode is dedicated to the memory of one of my best friends, Joseph M. Snow of Lansing, Michigan. Joe passed away on November 10, 2022, after a long illness. Joe was a lawyer, labor activist, and long-time member of the Lansing area Peace and Justice Coalition. He was an advocate for the working class and social justice issues. He was very fond of Semaj Brown's poetry. 

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