[Blackstudies-l] Tomorrow, 4/28! M. NourbeSe Philip performance, 7pm, Doty Recital Hall

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Mon Apr 27 11:50:30 EDT 2015

Don't miss the chance to hear the singular poet, activist, and former
lawyer M. NourbeSe Philip performing her work tomorrow night in Doty
Rectial Hall.

Performance at 7pm, with a reception at 6.30pm. Books available for
purchase. Free and open to the public. Philip's performance will be
accompanied by an original musical composition by SUNY Geneseo's very own
Glenn McClure.

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."

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.

Questions: Lytton Smith, Assistant Professor of English, at
smithlj at geneseo.edu

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