Poet Cherrie Amour reads from her first book of poetry at Enoch Pratt Library

— In her first book of poetry, “Free to Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships,” spoken word artist/author Cherrie Amour explores her journey of trials and triumphs from childhood to adulthood. She will read from her book in the Poe Room at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch’s “Open Mic, plus Featured Poet” event on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Central Library is located at 400 Cathedral Street in Baltimore City.

Amour presented her book’s award-winning poem “Hermoso Negro” at the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony in February at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey, along with other winning poets. This is an annual event that honors the literary contributions of Ginsberg— the legendary Paterson, New Jersey— reared Beat poet and writer who passed away in 1997. Her poem “Hermoso Negro,” (Handsome Black Man) a tribute to her father, appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The Paterson Literary Review.

Amour, who also has two poetry CDs, Love’s Journey and ilovemesomewords, was born in the Caribbean and raised in Canada. Her eclectic background serves as a strong influence in both her performances and her writing. Cherrie Amour will also be signing copies of her book.