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New Works: Writing Grief

April 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Poets Saddiq Dzukogi (Your Crib, My Qibla), Natasha T. Miller (Butcher), and Nikki Wallschlaeger (Waterbaby) read poems from recent collections that grapple with grief.


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Saddiq Dzukogi is the author of Your Crib, My Qibla (University of Nebraska Press, 2021). His chapbook, Inside the Flower Room, was selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Oxford Review of Books, World Literature Today, Salamander, Southeast Review, Gulf Coast, African American Review, Prairie Schooner, and Verse Daily. In 2017, Saddiq was a finalist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska where he is currently studying for a PhD in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Natasha T. Miller is a Detroit, MI native, Kresge Artist Fellow, performance poet, LGBTQ activist, film producer, and founder of the “Artists Inn Detroit.” Natasha has been a member of four national slam teams, starred in a national sprite commercial, a Shinola CNN ad, and she is a Women of the World Poetry Slam 3-time- top five finalist. She has awed audiences across the world at more than a hundred universities, and venues, performing in stadiums for as many as thirty thousand people. She has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Entrepreneur Magazine, and her poems have been published in The Shaderoom, The Offing, afterellen, and many more. Just recently she opened up for the famous band Mumford and Sons in front of the first sold-out crowd at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Natasha currently tours the world using her words to enlighten, create equality, and most importantly spread truth and forgiveness in the tradition of so many great leaders before her. Natasha book, Butcher, was published by Button Poetry in February 2021.

Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of the poetry collections Houses (Horseless Press, 2015), Crawlspace (Bloof, 2017), and Waterbaby (Copper Canyon Press, 2021), as well as the graphic book I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel (Bloof, 2019). Her work has been featured in The Nation, Brick, American Poetry Review, Witness, Kenyon Review, POETRY, and others. She is also the author of an artist book called “Operation USA” through the Baltimore based book arts group Container, a project acquired by Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.


April 21, 2021
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm