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The Poetry Center presents Douglas Kearney and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, reading and in conversation. Douglas Kearney performs works from his books Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016) and Someone Took They Tongues (Subito Press, 2016), as well as new work, plus an improvised piece incorporating lines out of books from Poetry Center shelves (Lawrence Raab, Mark Jarman, Maude Meehan, Artie Gold, Rochelle Owens, and the North Coast Review) with Kearney's own Buck Studies and Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015). Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta reads new works and poetry from her book The Easy Body (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017). The readings are followed by an extended conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Spring 2019 Mazza Writer in Residence Juliana Delgado Lopera and Joseph Cassara, reading and in conversation. Delgado Lopera reads from the beginning chapter of her highly anticipated multilingual first novel Fiebre Tropicale (forthcoming from The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2020). Cassara then reads a scene from the middle, and one from end of his award winning first novel, The House of Impossible Beauties (HarperCollins Publishers, 2018). Afterwards, a conversation ensues between the artists, as well as with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Morgan Parker and Charif Shanahan, reading and in conversation. Charif Shanahan reads poetry from his collection Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017) as well as some newer work from manuscript. Morgan Parker reads from her books Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night (Switchback Books, 2015), There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House, 2017), and Magical Negro (Tin House, 2019), before reading some new work from manuscript. Following the readings, both writers engage in conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents The Black Aesthetic, including curatorial members Jamal Batts, Ryanaustin Dennis, and Leila Weefur, together with contributors Shah Noor Hussein, Christian Johnson, and Ismail Muhammad, each reading and in conversation. After an introduction to the project, the writers each read their contributions to The Black Aesthetic Season II (Wolfman Books, 2018). The readings are followed by a conversation with the audience.