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Writers Worktable: Criticism in Focus with Jerome Ellison Murphy and Anthony Reed
November 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Jerome Ellison Murphy (“Conspicuous Erudition: The New Black Poetry”) and Anthony Reed (Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing) discuss the role of criticism, contextualizing poetry, and the state and future of Black poetry.
Jerome Ellison Murphy is a poet and critic based in New York City. His critical writing has appeared in The Yale Review, LA Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, Poets & Writers, The Adroit Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, Lambda Literary, and more. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in LitHub, Narrative Magazine, The Cortland Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Spunk Arts Journal, Pleiades, and elsewhere, and was recorded for NPR’s Radiolab as part of the Emotive Fruition performance series. He received his MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he currently serves as manager of Undergraduate Programs. He is also a co-curator of the Bespoke Reading Series, which raises money for nonprofits, and previously served on the board of Lambda Literary.
Anthony Reed is associate professor of English at Vanderbilt University. His 2014 book Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing, which engages N. H. Pritchard, NourbeSe Philip, Kamau Brathwaite, Claudia Rankine, Douglas Kearney, Harryette Mullen, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Nathaniel Mackey, won the 2015 William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association. He has recently finished the forthcoming Soundworks: Race, Sound, and Poetry in Production (Duke UP 2020), which looks at recorded collaborations between Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus, Amiri Baraka, the New York Art Quartet, Cecil Taylor, Jeanne Lee, Archie Shepp, Matana Roberts, and Jayne Cortez.