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The NCMA and the Hayti Heritage Center present Tarriona “Tank” Ball: Vulnerable AF Poetry Reading and Book Signing

The NCMA partners with the historic Hayti Heritage Center to bring you the North Carolina stop on Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s Vulnerable AF book tour.

Tank is a New Orleans–based slam poet and Grammy-nominated recording artist with her band, Tank and The Bangas. Vulnerable AF is her first book of poetry and boasts themes of infatuation, love, and heartbreak.

Tank and The Bangas performs with Preservation Hall Jazz Band the following night, August 20, at the NCMA’s Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Art. Tickets can be purchased here.

About the book

This is the real-life story of a relationship in the author’s past told in verse and short prose pieces. Relatable and honest, with Tank’s signature mix of whimsy and realness, Vulnerable AF is about the difference between love and infatuation, the danger and confusion of losing yourself in the idea of someone else, and coming out on the other side of heartbreak with your sense of self-worth—and your sense of humor—stronger for it.

This event is sponsored by WUNC with support from the North Carolina Museum of Art, Jambalaya Soul Slam, and NC Arts Council.

Tickets to the event do not include a copy of the book. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

In-person tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They include entrance to the event, discussion, and the opportunity to have Ball personalize your book. This event will adhere to all CDC, State, and city guidelines. Masks are highly recommended.


Aug 19, 2021


7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Tickets from $15


Hayti Heritage Center, Durham
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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