The Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Project, a local nonprofit organization whose goal is to bring to light the full rich scope of Aquidneck Island’s history, will host a virtual event on July 7 at 6 pm that will introduce viewers to two women who are engaged in creating and writing outstanding poetry. 

Presented in partnership with the Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Project, Poets, Afua Ansong and Jacqueline Johnson will share their poetry and discuss their creative process. Through their work, they help question and explore themes of identity, transition and belonging. 

 Afua Ansong is a Ghanain American scholar and artist who writes poetry and teaches contemporary and traditional West African dance, she writes about the challenges of the African immigrant identity in the United States, exploring themes of transition, citizenship, and identity.

She is a 2015 and 2018 recipient of the Bronx Recognizes its Own Award Her work can be seen or is forthcoming in FOLIO, TAB, The Seventh Wave, PUBLIC POOL, Vinyl, Main Review, joINT, Frontier, and others.

 Jacqueline Johnson is a multi-disciplined artist creating in poetry, fiction writing and fiber arts. and is the winner of the Third Annual White Pine Press Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in: “Show Us Your Papers,” on Main Street Rag press, 2020, “Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era,” Routledge 2020, “About Place Journal”, the “Langston Hughes Review,” and The Slow Down,American Public Media, October 16, 2019.  She is presently writing a novel The Privilege of Memory and How to Stop a Hurricane, a collection of short stories. She is a graduate of New York University and the City University of New York. A native of Philadelphia, PA., she resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).