Date & Time
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Lauri Ramey discusses her new book, "A History of African American Poetry." She will be joined in conversation by Duriel E. Harris. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At the Co-op
About the book: African American poetry is as old as America and a touchstone of American identity but is often overlooked. This is the only critical history of this genre from its origins to the present. Calling for a revised and expanded canon reveals the influential role of African American poetry in defining and reflecting the USA at all points in the nation's history.
About the author: Lauri Ramey is Xiaoxiang Scholars Program Distinguished Professor and Director of the British and American Poetry Research Center at Hunan Normal University, and Professor of English and Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics at California State University, Los Angeles. Her previous publications include "Slave Songs and the Birth of African American Poetry", "The Heritage Series of Black Poetry 1962-1975", "Black British Writing (with R. Victoria Arana)", and a two-volume anthology set (with Aldon Lynn Nielsen), "Every Goodbye Ain't Gone: Innovative Poetry by African Americans" and "What I Say: Poetry by Black Writers in America." She served as founding curator of the African American Poetry Archive at Hampton University, and holds an MA and PhD in English from the University of Chicago.
About the interlocutor: Duriel E. Harris is a poet, performer, and sound artist. She is author of three print volumes of poetry, including her most recent award-winning, "No Dictionary of a Living Tongue" (Nightboat, 2017), "Drag" (2003) and "Amnesiac: Poems" (2010), and her multi-genre one-woman theatrical performance Thingification. A featured resident poet/teacher at the Lynden Sculpture Garden and the transformational Naropa Capitalocene Summer Writing Program, Harris was a guest at the powerful Festival Internacional de Poesía de La Habana (Cuba). Cofounder of the avant garde poetry/performance trio The Black Took Collective, Harris is showcased in Manual Cinema’s short film celebrating the Walt Whitman BiCentennial and in Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN/Radical WRITING. The 2018 Offen Poet, Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.