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.
Chris Abani and Kelly Norman Ellis
July 11, 7 pm
61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Join us for an evening of conversation between literary lights Chris Abani and Kelly Norman Ellis. Abani is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Sanctificum, a nominee for the Griffin Poetry Prize; six novels, including Graceland, winner of the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Prize; and is a member of the editorial board for the African Poetry Book Fund. Ellis, a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, is the author of Tougaloo Blues (Third World Press, 2003) and Offerings of Desire (Willow Books, 2012), which Nikky Finney calls “so rich with black zest and drylongso that each page sets high our thirst for all that is human, longed for and inexplicable.” Fellow CM Burroughs will moderate the conversation. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.
Angela Jackson & Ed Roberson, 2016
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