Poetry: Keorapetse Kgositsile

Poetry: Keorapetse Kgositsile

Keorapetse Kgositsile is a South African poet and activist, and was an influential member of the African National Congress in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the most significant poets in the Pan-African movement, he was also the founder of the Black Arts Theater in Harlem. He is the author of If I Could Sing, To the Bitter End, When the Clouds Clear, and The Word Is Here. He was South Africa’s National Poet Laureate in 2006.

Complimentary coffee and tea served. A book signing will follow the reading.


This series of readings is organized and hosted by Stephen Yenser, poet and professor at UCLA and author of A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large and Blue Guide.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for the Annex are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis. As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing for programs in the Annex, subject to availability.

Parking is available under the museum for a flat rate of $3 after 6PM. 

Poetry is supported, in part, by the UCLA Department of English and Friends of English.

Public programs are made possible by Hammer Members and the generosity of Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and an anonymous donor.