Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker will sit down for a virtual conversation with Cheryl Boyce Taylor, the mother of late hip-hop frontman Malik “Pfife Dawg” Taylor, March 25.

Hosted by Bowery Poetry Club and the nonprofit indie publisher Haymarket Books, the event will showcase and discuss Taylor’s new book, Mama Phife. The conversation will be moderated by New York-based poet Jive Poetic.

Taylor’s memoir, Mama Phife, was written about her son, who died in 2016 at 45 years old from diabetes. Phife Dawg was part of A Tribe Called Quest, an influential group in the early days of hip-hop and rap.

The book includes her son’s notes, drawings and hip-hop lyrics and discusses her journey with grief in the public eye.

For details, follow @charlestonpoet on Instagram.

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