Fundraiser for Etheridge Knight - January 15, 1989
This flyer promotes a 1989 benefit poetry reading at The Comedy Works in Bristol, Pennsylvania, to help Knight cover medical expenses after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. The names on this flyer are of poets Knight met, was influenced by, or influenced, and this event flyer demonstrates that they were in community with Knight. They worked together as poetry contemporaries, but their connection was not limited to work: they saw a community member in need, and hosted the reading as a mutual aid fundraiser around their common interest in poetry.
Lamont B. Steptoe and Bob Small, two of the organizers, are both Pennsylvania-based poets. Steptoe is also a photographer, author, editor, Vietnam veteran, and founder of Whirlwind Press, and Small is founder of Poets and Prophets. The Painted Bride Arts Center, another organizing entity, is an art gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was established in 1969.