Come join us to kick off the month-long community project, "Neutral Zone Presents: NEA Big Read in Ann Arbor." Members of the Ann Arbor community and surrounding cities will come together throughout March 2019 for critical explorations of race, gender, class and other intersecting identities, centered around a deep dive into Claudia Rankine’s National Book Critics Circle Award-winning collection of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric. The month-long program, presented by the Neutral Zone — a diverse, youth-driven nonprofit — was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. At the kickoff event, community members will enter the conversation central to the program by reading passages from Citizen and responding to them in small and large group conversation. At the event, youth leaders from the Neutral Zone and Ozone House will also perform original poetry invested in the themes of Citizen: namely, the experiences of women of color, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, and what it means to be "citizen."