Green Roof Poetry: Queering Juneteenth Curated by Free Black Dirt
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Green Roof Poetry: Queering Juneteenth Curated by Free Black Dirt

Two artists look into the camera standing in a balck space filled with smoke.
Free Black Dirt (from left Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey), photo: Nancy Musinguzi, courtesy the artists.

At Queering Juneteenth, we’ll see how free we can get.

Juneteenth is a story of liberation delayed. Freedom that came on in waves. Cresting as it reached new ears, cresting as it broke over new opportunities and new realms. And the ripples continue as we find more ways and places to get sovereignty. During Pride Month, we get to lean into our most unexpected, weird, eccentric selves. Insist on deliverance, on release. To live out loud.

Join Free Black Dirt in celebration of our individual and collective liberation. And the pursuit of more.

Featuring Junauda Petrus, author of The Stars and the Blackness Between Them (Dutton Books); Erin Sharkey, editor of the forthcoming A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars (Milkweed Editions); Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, author of Soft: A Memoir (North Star Press); Donte Collins, author of Autopsy (Button Poetry); and ShaVunda Brown, award-winning spoken word artist and host of Power Perspectives on KRSM Radio. Enjoy a movement offering by ImagineJoy and chill out to sounds by DJ Yonci.

The Green Roof Poetry series returns on three Thursday evenings between June and August. Green Roof Poetry brings together some of the Twin Cities’ most dynamic writers for literary evenings at the Walker. Grab your picnic blanket, stop at Cardamom’s outdoor bar to purchase curated picnic boxes and libations, and relax on the hillside for these fresh air readings.

Short films recently acquired to the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection screen from 5 to 9 pm in the Walker’s Bentson Mediatheque. This collection features Robert Banks’s Motion Picture Genocide (1997), Adebukola Buki Bodunrin’s Gather + Listen (2014), Amir George’s Shades of Shadows (2015), and Cauleen Smith’s Crow Requiem (2015).

Free Black Dirt is an artistic partnership formed by Minneapolis-based collaborators Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey. Committed to creating original theater and performance, hosting innovative events, organizing local artists, and promoting and supporting the emerging artists’ community in the Twin Cities, Free Black Dirt seeks to spark and engage in critical conversations.

Please check back closer to the date for program details and current COVID-19 guidelines. For weather updates please call the box office at 612-375-7600.

Admission is free on Thursday nights, 5–9 pm. Gallery admission tickets must be reserved separately, quantities are limited. Mask-wearing is encouraged indoors for visitors ages 2 and older.

This event may be documented with photography. By attending, you consent to having your image documented.

Follow the paved path on the hillside for an accessible route to the event.

Green Roof Poetry on Thursday, June 30, will have ASL interpretation.

For more information about accessibility, or to request additional accommodations, call 612-375-7564 or email

For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.

Masks are strongly encouraged inside the museum for all visitors ages 2 and older regardless of vaccination status. On Free First Saturdays and Sensory Friendly Sundays, we require visitors ages 2 and older to wear face masks inside the building to support the safety and comfort of families and attendees.

If you have questions or require additional assistance, please email or call 612-375-7600.