F162. Black Bodies Matter
Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Susan B.A. Somers-Willett is the author of two books of poetry, Quiver (Writers' League of Texas Award) and Roam (Crab Orchard Award), and a book of criticism, The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry. A recipient of a Gracie Award, an NEA Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship, she writes in Austin, Texas.
Patricia Smith's books include Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2013 Lenore Marshall Prize), and Blood Dazzler (finalist for the National Book Award). A 2014 Guggenheim fellow and two-time Pushcart winner, she teaches at CUNY/College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.
Justin Phillip Reed is the author of the chapbook, A History of Flamboyance. His work appears or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Vinyl, The Offing, joINT., Boston Review, and elsewhere. He is a junio writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.
Adriana E. Ramírez is a 2015 PEN/Fusion Award-winning nonfiction writer and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. A VONA alum, Ramírez teaches in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh, helps run the Steel City Poetry Slam, and cofounded Aster(ix) Journal.
Jonah Mixon-Webster is a text/sound poet and PhD student in English studies/creative writing at Illinois State University. A Callaloo Fellow, his work has been featured in Spoon River Poetry Review, Muzzle, Kinfolks, and LA Review of Books' Radio Poemerica.