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Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Performance and Discussion hosted by Literary Happy Hour

Hanifa Nayo Washington facilitates a special Literary Happy Hour to coincide with "The Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Implicit Bias and the N-Word Living in our Subconscious" by Rhinold Ponder, presented by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund:

Literary Happy Hour is a radically inclusive reading and performance series featuring diverse New Haven artists. This evening will feature artists J-Sun, Z Bell and Mooncha. Following the performance, poets, singers and writers are invited to participate in an open mic.

The event is free and open to all. Reservations are recommended: 

J-Sun is a Slam Poet/Playwright/Activist/Author and a 2002 CT National Poetry Slam Poet. He has facilitated poetry workshops across the region from community centers to Riker's Island Jail in New York. His emphasis is on arts and activism with a belief that we all need a voice because we all have something to say. His poetic style is vibrant, awakening, and sometimes shocking, speaking to real life situations. 

Z Bell (pronouns they/them) believes in the power of redefinition, visioning and poetry as a means towards self-love, community care and liberation. They are an organizer, radical political education trainer and poet. Z has written, designed and released 4 zines of poetry, all of which can be found at

Mooncha is New Haven’s answer to the alternative R&B sound becoming ubiquitous in today’s music, from fast-rising artists like The Internet to relative unknowns trending now on Spotify playlists. Nonetheless, only this artist offers a distinctive space-themed twist, an unwillingness to shy away from the political, and a fresh, DIY approach to music and art. Her self-produced art is short, satisfying, and spacey, managing to somehow be atmospheric and danceable, psychedelic and sincere. Find Mooncha on Spotify, Apple Music, Souncloud, etc. 

Hanifa Nayo Washington is a cultural activist who views her creativity as radical medicine for the heart and uses it as a tool for liberation, healing, and community building. Hanifa has been the curator for Literary Happy since 2016. Learn more at

Literary Happy Hour is a curated reading and performance series providing a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. This event unites the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community--including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers--with an emphasis on writers of color and other writers belonging to marginalized groups. Literary Happy Hour creates a radically inclusive performance space and creative community that gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building.