Established in 2001, Legacy Conversations feature pre-eminent poets and scholars who have played historic roles in African American poetry. Moderated discussions address historical, aesthetic, political and personal influences on their craft and thought. Programs include brief readings, Q&A and book signings.
Recordings of Legacy Conversations are archived at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, housed in the James Weldon Johnson Collection. In the near future, they may be accessed via hyperlinks to an on-line library catalog.
Angela Jackson and Ed Roberson
September 22, 7 pm
61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Join us for an unforgettable evening of poetry and conversation between faculty members Ed Roberson and Angela Jackson. Winner of the 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, Roberson is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently To See the Earth Before the End of the World (Wesleyan University Press, 2010). Don Share writes, “Roberson’s ten books of poetry take readers, as they have taken the poet himself, to every corner of the vivid labyrinth of life.” A Shelley Memorial Award winner, Jackson is the author of numerous plays, novels and poetry collections, including the National Book Award-nominated And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New (1998). About the collection, Black Book Review has said, “Like the magician she is, [Jackson] constantly surprises us with an unforeseen twist that turns cliché and commonality into manna and nectar.” Cave Canem fellow and playwright Kristiana Rae Colón will moderate.
Angela Jackson is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Voo Doo/Love Magic (1974); Dark Legs and Silk Kisses: The Beatitudes of the Spinners (1993), which won the Carl Sandburg Award; and the National Book Award–nominated And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New (1998). Her novel Where I Must Go (Northwestern University Press, 2009) won the American Book Award. Jackson has written several plays, including Witness!, Shango Diaspora: An African-American Myth of Womanhood and Love, and When the Wind Blows. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, TriQuarterly’s Daniel Curley Award, and the 2002 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Ed Roberson is the author of 10 books of poetry, including Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, a winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and most recently, To See the Earth Before the End of the World. His Atmosphere Conditions was selected for the National Poetry Series and nominated for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets. He is a recipient of the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award and the 2008 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; in 2016, he won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Foundation. He is Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern University.
Nikki Giovanni, 2012
Steve Cannon, 2010
Ntozake Shange, 2009
Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady,2007
Charles Henry Rowell, 2007
Arnold Rampersad, 2007
Naomi Long Madgett, 2006
Ethelbert Miller, 2006
Amiri Baraka, 2005
Derek Walcott, 2005
Haki Madhubuti, 2004
Lorenzo Thomas, 2004
Michael S. Harper & Afaa Michael Weaver, 2003
Rita Dove, 2003
Jayne Cortez and Sekou Sundiata, 2002
Yusef Komunyakaa, 2001
Lucille Clifton and Sonia Sanchez, 2001