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What Time We Leaving for the Club?: A Lecture by Patricia Smith

July 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

| $5 - $10
Patricia Smith
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“We’ve lindy-hopped, jitterbugged, bopped and cabbage-patched. We’ve growled blue, jazz-sizzled and crooned brown liquor lyrics.”

In this time of political and cultural chaos, Smith‘s lecture gets back to the sweet basics—words celebrating the music we move to and the music in our moves.

Patricia Smith is the author of seven books of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets and finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Gotta Go Gotta Flow, a collaboration with award-winning Chicago photographer Michael Abramson. Her most recent collection, Incendiary Art, was published by Northwestern University Press in February 2017. Her other books include the poetry volumes Teahouse of the Almighty, Close to Death, Big Towns Big Talk, Life According to Motown; the children’s book Janna and the Kings and the history Africans in America, a companion book to the award-winning PBS series. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Baffler, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Tin House and in Best American Poetry and Best American Essays. Her contribution to the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir won the Robert L. Fish Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the best debut story of the year and was featured in the anthology Best American Mystery Stories. She is a Guggenheim fellow, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, a former fellow at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, as well as an instructor at the annual VONA residency and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Residency Program.

Purchase tickets on the Cave Canem Lectures Page or at the door.


July 20, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5 - $10
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Brooklyn, NY United States
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