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this unholding’s long night lounge: A Lecture with Fred Moten
May 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm$10
This lecture dives in at the intersection of theory and poetics. First, we will engage the poetry of Layli Long Soldier before veering off—by way of literary theorist Rei Terada’s deep reading of (anti-) political theorist Cedric Robinson—toward a question concerning the (im)possibility of a structural reading of myth in Nathaniel Mackey. $10. This program is currently sold out.
Fred Moten is a poet and scholar whose work explores critical theory, black studies, and performance studies. A professor at New York University, Moten is the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), which was a poetry finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the California Book Award for poetry; The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016), A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016) and a three volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018). Moten is also co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013) and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? (If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution, 2016). Moten has served on the editorial boards of Callaloo, Discourse, American Quarterly and Social Text; on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; and on the advisory board of Issues in Critical Investigation, Vanderbilt University and elsewhere. In 2016 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the African American Literature and Culture Society.