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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
6:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore




Seminary Co-op Bookstore
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“With indignation and discipline, Daniel Borzutzky gives voice to those actions and objects in the U.S. media landscape and to the barbarism enacted by our nation's security machine. In the process, he realigns poetic forces to the branching patterns of language, to the convulsions of ritual theater, and to the political life of dead bodies.”—Roberto Tejada

Daniel Borzutzky reads and discusses "Lake Michigan." He will be joined in conversation by Nate Marshall.

Presented in partnership with UChicago Program on the Global Environment

At the Co-op

About the book: "Lake Michigan," a series of 19 lyric poems, imagines a prison camp located on the beaches of a Chicago that is privatized, racially segregated, and overrun by a brutal police force. Thinking about the ways in which economic policy, racism, and militarized policing combine to shape the city, Lake Michigan's poems continue exploring the themes from Borzutzky's Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. But while the influences in this book (Césaire, Vallejo, Neruda) are international, the focus here is local as the book takes a hard look at neoliberal urbanism in the historic city of Chicago.

About the author: Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection "The Performance of Becoming Human," Daniel Borzutzky is a Chilean-American writer and translator living in Chicago. His other poetry books are "Lake Michigan," just released by the University of Pittsburgh Press; "In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy," "The Book of Interfering Bodies," "The Ecstasy of Capitulation," and the chapbook "Failure in the Imagination." He has published one collection of fiction, "Arbitrary Tales." His books of translation include "Song for his Disappeared Love" by Raul Zurita and "Port Trakl" by Jaime Luis Huenun.

About the interlocutor: Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of "Wild Hundreds" and an editor of "The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop." "Wild Hundreds" has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award. His last rap album, "Grown" came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective and co-directs Crescendo Literary with Eve Ewing. He completed his B.A. at Vanderbilt University and an M.F.A. at The University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers' Program. Nate has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Poetry Foundation, and the University of Michigan. He is the Director of National Programs for Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival/Young Chicago Authors and has taught at The University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University.