Monday, July 1, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
Led by writers and poets working in the United States, the weekly Poetry Sessions will give a concrete, contemporary statement on the work of a writer or poet in our society. The sessions will involve a reading by the writer and involve discussion on how their work exists economically, socially, and professionally.
7/2/2013: Nina S. Headen / PICTURES
7/17/2013: Sarah Gambito / PICTURES
7/24/2013: Eléna Rivera / PICTURES
7/31/2013: LaTasha Nevada Diggs / PICTURES
8/1/2013: Greg Tate / PICTURES
8/7/2013: Edwin Torres / PICTURES
8/14/2013: Fred Moten / PICTURES
8/21/2013, 3:30pm: Okwui Enwezor / PICTURES
8/28/2013, 3:30pm: Robin D. G. Kelley: "Three (Long) Marches, Three Moments of Crisis: 1963, 1988, 2013" PICTURES
9/4/2013, 3:30pm: Tonya Foster / PICTURES
9/11/2013, 3:30pm: Christopher Stackhouse
9/12/2013, 3:30 pm: Tracie D. Morris
LaTasha Nevada Diggs is a writer, vocalist, and sound artist. Diggs has published three chapbooks, including Ichi-Ban (MOH Press), Ni-Ban (MOH Press), and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna). Her work has been published in journals such as Rattapallax, Black Renaissance Noire, Nocturnes, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, The Black Scholar, PMS poemmemorystory, jubilat, Everything But the Burden, and Muck Works. She has received scholarships, residencies, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Eben Demarest Trust, Harlem Community Arts Fund, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant for Women.
Okwui Enwezor is a curator, art critic, writer, and director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany, Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at New York University, and adjunct curator at the International Center of Photography, New York. Enwezor served as the artistic director of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1997), documenta 11(Kassel, Germany (2002), and La Triennale: Intense Proximity (Palais de Tokyo and other venues, Paris, 2012). His many exhibitions include The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994 (Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, 2001) and Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art (International Center of Photography, New York, 2008).
Tonya Foster is a poet and a PhD student in the English department at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Foster is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Magnet Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. Her poems and essays have appeared in magazines such as NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly, Callaloo, The Hat, and Western Humanities Review. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (2013 and coeditor with Kristin Prevallet of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2002).
Sarah Gambito is a poet and assistant professor of English and director of creative writing at Fordham University. Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea, 2009) and Matadora (Alice James Books, 2004). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, and Fence, among other journals. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and the MacDowell Colony.
Robin D. G. Kelley is Distinguished Professor of History and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kelley’s previous academic appointments include William B. Ransford Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies at Columbia University and Professor of history and Africana studies at New York University. He was the first African-American to hold the Harmsworth Chair of American History at Oxford University. His books include Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, 2009) and Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (Harvard University Press, 2012).
Tracie D. Morris is a poet and associate professor of humanities and media studies at Pratt Institute. Morris was the 2007-2008 Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her installations have been presented at the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Ronald Feldman Gallery, and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Morris is the author of Intermission (Soft Skull Press,1998) and her poem “Africa(n)” is featured on the compilation album Crosstalk: American Speech Music (Bridge Records, 2008). She is currently completing Who Do with Words, an academic work on philosopher J.L. Austin; Rhyme Scheme, a poetry collection; and an untitled CD with music.
Fred Moten is a writer and scholar. Moten has most recently held an academic appointment as Helen L. Bevington Professor of Modern Poetry at Duke University. He is author of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (coauthored with Stefano Harvey) (Minor Compositions, 2013), B Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2008), I ran from it but was still in it (Cusp, 2007), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota, 2003), Poems (with Jim Behrle) (Pressed Wafer, 2002), and Arkansas (Pressed Wafer, 2000). Moten was featured on the Poetry Society of America’s 2009 list of best new American poets.
Eléna Rivera is a poet and translator. Rivera won the 2010 Robert Fagles prize in translation for her translation of The Rest of the Voyage by Bernard Noël (Graywolf Press, 2011). Rivera is the recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. Her publications include The Perforated Map (Shearsman Books, 2011), Remembrance of Things Plastic (LRL e-editions, 2010) and Mistakes, Accidents and a Want of Liberty (Barque Press, 2006), Suggestions at Every Turn (Mindmade Books, 2005), Unknowne Land (Kelsey Street Press, 2000), Wale; or, the Corse (Leave Books, 1995), and a pamphlet entitled Disturbances in the Ocean of Air (Phylum Press, 2005).
Christopher Stackhouse is a writer, curator, and visual artist. He is the author of Slip (Corollary Press, 2005) and is the coauthor of an image/text collaboration with writer and translator John Keene, Seismosis (1913 Press, 2006). His poems and drawings have been published in art/lit journals Aufgabe, Fence, nocturnes (re)view of literary arts, Encyclopedia, Indiana Review, THIS, Bridge, and Hambone, among others. Fellowships and awards include Cave Canem Writer Fellow (1997, 1999, 2003); Fellow in Poetry, New York Foundation for the Arts (2005); Pocantico Residency at the Marcel Breuer House, Rockefeller Brothers Fund For The Arts (2009).
Greg Tate is a musician, producer, and writer and is currently visiting professor of Africana studies at Brown University. Tate was previously a staff writer at the Village Voice. He is the author of Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking From Black Culture (Broadway Books, 2003); Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience (Chicago Review Press, 2003); and Flyboy In The Buttermilk, Essays on American Culture (Simon & Schuster, 1993). His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Artforum, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Premiere, Essence, Suede, The Wire, One World, Downbeat, and Jazz Times.
Edwin Torres is a Nuyorican poet. Torres represented New York in the 1992 National Poetry Slam and his work has been featured in Newsweek, Rolling Stone Magazine and New York Magazine. Torres’s poem "I Saw Your Empire State Building" was included in the book Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Soft Skull Press, 2007). His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (Holt Paperbacks, 1994), Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry (Rattapallax Press, 2002), and Heights of the Marvelous: A New York Anthology (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2000).