Accomplished poet, professor and scholar Demetrice A. Worley, Ph.D., will be speaking at Central Washington University. Her speech, “Consigned to Oblivion: Murdered and Disappeared Women of Color and the Criminal Justice System,” will take place on May 25 at 7 p.m. in Black Hall 151. Worley’s academic experience has provided her with critical insight into social constructions of beauty, race and criminal justice. Her talk is free and open to the public.
Worley’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including “Women. Period.” and “Africana Women’s Poetic Self-Portrait.” Her debut poetry book, “Tongues in My Mouth,” contains an assortment of 43 poems. Worley utilizes powerful language in her poems, exploring themes related to present issues of racial and social justice. She has received several honors for her work as a writer and professor.
Worley’s appearance is part of the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year’s inaugural theme, “Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter,” aims to educate Central’s community and initiate discussions about race.