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Spoken word artist Cherrie Amour (right) is congratulated by Maria Mazziotti Gillian (left), executive director of The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey at the 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony. Amour was honored for her poem "Hermoso Negro," which is included in her debut poetry collection "Free to Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships."

Spoken word artist Cherrie Amour (right) is congratulated by Maria Mazziotti Gillian (left), executive director of The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey at the 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony. Amour was honored for her poem "Hermoso Negro," which is included in her debut poetry collection "Free to Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships."

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Award winning poet presents work during National Poetry Month

Cherrie Amour reads from 'Free to be Me'

Spoken word artist and new author Cherrie Amour will read from her first book of poetry, “Free to Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships” at Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1303 Orleans Street Baltimore, MD 21231 on Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. and at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture on Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m.