Terrance Hayes inaugurated this popular series in 2014 with “Turning into Dwelling: the Space between the Poet and the Poem,” a lecture on poetic community, poetic advocacy and poetic isolation. Since, audiences have continued to engage with provocative ideas and topics as diverse and insightful as the presenting poets, writers and scholars, themselves.
What Time We Leaving for the Club?
A Lecture by Patricia Smith
July 20, 2017, 6:30 pm, Cave Canem
“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.
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Nevertheless, Live: Adynaton, the Promise of Silence, and the Key of Life: A Lecture by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, April 28, 2017
The Spirit That Is Charged: A Conversation about Poetry and Friendship with Tina Chang and Tracy K. Smith, May 19, 2016
Duende: Art That Possesses: A Lecture by John Murillo, March 15, 2016
I’ve Known Rivers: Speaking of the Unspoken Places in Poetry: A Lecture by Martín Espada, February 6, 2016
Fall No More: Some Thoughts on the Imagination: A Lecture by Ross Gay, July 9, 2015
Seeing Home from a Distance: Panel on James Baldwin with Dante Micheaux and Darryl Pinckney, moderated by Tracyann Williams, March 19, 2015
It’ll Have You Trippin’: Pacing and Payoff in Stand-up and Verse: A Lecture by Adrian Matejka, March 16, 2015
The Concept Book—All Bark & No Bite? A Lecture by Kimiko Hahn, October 14, 2014
Turning Into Dwelling: A Lecture by Terrance Hayes, October 9, 2014