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Terrance Hayes inaugurated this popular series in 2014 with “Turning into Dwelling: the Space between the Poet and the Poem,” a lecture on poetic community, poetic advocacy and poetic isolation. Since, audiences have continued to engage with provocative ideas and topics as diverse and insightful as the presenting poets, writers and scholars, themselves.

Boarding the Voyage: A Lecture by Robin Coste Lewis

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October 18th, 2018
6:30-8pm, Cave Canem

In this lecture, Robin Coste Lewis will read her lyrical essay, “Boarding the Voyage: The Archive as Altar, Research as Ritual,” which explores how research and literary efforts toward social change can transform from scholarly engagement to acts of communal devotion. More particularly, the reading will focus on how excavations of race, gender, and desire—and the writing those findings engender—can be metaphorical expressions of faith, and a reclamation of lost deities.

Space is limited.
The cost of the workshop is $10. To register, please visit the Cave Canem’s online Box Office at Eventbrite.

Robin Coste Lewis was born in Compton, California. She received an MFA from New York University and an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), winner of the National Book Award. Lewis has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis is a Cave Canem fellow and was awarded the Provost’s Fellowship at the University of Southern California. Currently, she serves as the poet laureate of Los Angeles, where she lives.

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