[Blackstudies-l] Save the Date: M. NourbeSe Philip Reading/Performance, 4/28/15, 7p.m., Doty Recital Hall

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Mon Feb 9 21:57:55 EST 2015

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From: Lytton Smith <smithlj at geneseo.edu>
Date: Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 9:13 PM
Subject: [English-L] Save the Date: M. NourbeSe Philip Reading/Performance,
4/28/15, 7p.m., Doty Recital Hall
To: "English-l at geneseo.edu" <english-l at geneseo.edu>, Michele Feeley <
feeleym at geneseo.edu>, Celia Easton <easton at geneseo.edu>, Robert Bonfiglio <
bonfig at geneseo.edu>, Charles Matthews <chip.matthews at geneseo.edu>

I'm excited to announce that the Afro-Canadian poet, activist, and former
lawyer M. NourbeSe Philip will be visiting the SUNY Geneseo campus in late
April. Please circulate this announcement to the campus and town
communities as you see fit.

On Tuesday April 28th at 7p.m. in the Doty Recital Hall, 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 SUNY Geneseo's
very own Glenn McClure.

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.

Additional events are planned in the lead-up to Philip's visit, including
(rights permitting) a screening of *Belle*, a 2014 film directed by Amma
Asante which shares characters with Philip's book.

If you have questions, or wish to plan satellite events in relation to
Philip's visit, contact Lytton Smith, Assistant Professor of English, at
smithlj at geneseo.edu

Thanks to Student and Campus Life, Student Life, Residence Life, the
President's Office, Black Studies, the English Department, and others for
making this event possible.

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