Author Donté Clark, ex-poet laureate of Richmond, reads from his latest book Close Caskets. Close Caskets, is an intergenerational collection of poems about life in Richmond, California from the perspective of author, activist, educator, and actor Donté Clark. Clark delivers a visceral interpretation of how his world view was shaped by his location ̶ a landscape that placed him in the middle of trauma, love, hardship and triumph.
Donté Clark, a native of Richmond California, captures the complexities of being vulnerable within black masculinity while governed by a society of white supremacy and hyper violence amongst black youth. Donté is featured in a film Kicks, 2016, and in 2018, he co-starred in two seasons of The North Pole show, a political comedy about gentrification in Oakland, California.
This event is a joint presentation between Berkeley Public Library and San Francisco Public Library.