The recently published Selected Letters of Langston Hughes is a career-spanning look at the poet’s inner life: Through his correspondence with fellow artists and authors like Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Ezra Pound, readers can share in Hughes’s triumphs and conflicts, his self-doubt, and his aspirations to create a body of work that spoke authentically to the
African-American experience. Tonight, Aaron Clifton Moten and John Douglas Thompson — two accomplished actors and veterans of the New York theater world — treat 92Y audiences to dramatic readings from this collection. Hughes’s journey from aspiring artist to literary lion, from the publication of now-iconic poetry to his struggles for fair compensation and recognition, will be brought to life by these charismatic performers.

Mon., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., 2015