[Blackstudies-l] Zong: a Reading and Performance on Tuesday, April 28th, 7 PM, Doty Recital Hall

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Thu Apr 23 11:47:14 EDT 2015

On Tuesday April 28th at 7p.m. in the Doty Recital Hall at SUNY Geneseo,
Afro-Canadian poet, writer, and activist M. NourbeSe Philip will perform
from her recent book, *Zong!*, a radical collection of poetry that tries to
come to terms with the 1781 tragedy of the slave-ship Zong, from which ship
over 150 African men, women, and children were thrown overboard as part of
an insurance claim. No one was ever tried for their murder, and all that
survives recording the incident is a two page legal decision, Gregson v.
Gilbert, named for and concerned with the ship's owners and insurers, not
the Africans onboard. It has been described by Juliana Spahr as
"exceptional and uniquely moving."

Philip's performance will be accompanied by an original musical composition
by Eastman School of Music/SUNY Geneseo's very own Glenn McClure.
The event is free and open to the public; books will be available for
A small reception will open the event in the Doty lobby at 6.30p.m.
Doty Hall is at 1 College Circle, Geneseo NY, 14454

M. NourbeSe Philip is the acclaimed author of four books of poetry, two
collections of essays, a play, a novel, several short stories, and other
writings; her work features in the *Norton Anthology of English Literature*.
The recipient of many illustrious international awards, including the Casa
de las Americas prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a McDowell Fellowship, a
Chalmers Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation residency, Philip has
read and performed her work internationally, including as
writer-in-residence at the University of the West Indies and as part of The
Scream Literary Festival. She lives and writes in Toronto, where she has
previously been the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Women's Bookstore.

Media contact/general inquiries: Lytton Smith, Assistant Professor of
English, at smithlj at geneseo.edu
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