[Blackstudies-l] Shara McCallum's reading, 2/27, 5pm

Lytton Smith smithlj at geneseo.edu
Wed Feb 21 21:27:22 EST 2018


Poet Shara McCallum reads Tuesday 2/27, 5pm, in Doty Tower Room; her
reading will be especially of interest to Black Studies students and we'll
be finished in time to attend the Community Sing at 6pm in the Ballroom.

Shara will read from *Madwoman*, which *Publishers Weekly *called an
"exquisite collection," traces the overlapping roles of girl, woman, and
mother, sharing how "I understand, being as you are/ from a long line of
women/ who regard facts as suggestion,/ who know what it is to burn/ inside
the closet of night.”  In poems that range from Jamaican patois to
reworkings of the ghazal form, *Madwoman *reimagines womanhood as it is
complicated and enriched by myth, religion, and race; McCallum's stunning
poems are "rain moving across the Caroni plain like a pen," they are "these
birds you wanted so desperately to have / and now you have."

Shara McCallum, born in Jamaica to an African Jamaican father and a
Venezuelan mother, moved to the United States with her family when she was
nine. She earned a BA from the University of Miami, an MFA from the
University of Maryland, and a PhD in Poetry and African American and
Caribbean Literature from Binghamton University. Her most recent of five
volumes of poetry, *Madwoman, *traces development from girl to woman to
mother, exploring how we honor who we are. She is the recipient of a
fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, she was
awarded the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. She currently
teaches at Penn State, where she is Liberal Arts Professor of English,
specializing in creative writing.

Please also save the date for a reading by TC Tolbert, Fri. Apr. 6th, 5pm -
Doty Tower Room.
Tucson's current poet laureate, TC Tolbert is the author of *Gephyromania*:
"(literally, an addiction to or an obsession with bridges), Tolbert’s
choice isn’t between female and male, lover and self, or loss and relief,
but rather to live (willingly, intentionally) in the places where those
binaries meet." TC is also co-editor, along with Trace Peterson, of
Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics (Nightboat Books
2013) the first anthology of its kind and a finalist for the Lambda
Literary Award for LGBT Anthology. S/he is creator and director of Made for
Flight, a youth empowerment project that utilizes creative writing and kite
building to create a living memorial commemorating transgender people who
were murdered in the previous year.

The Geneseo Literary Forum is grateful for funding to the Office of the
Provost, Student Life, Student and Campus Life, Gandy Dancer, and the
English Department.

All best,

Lytton

-- 
Dr. Lytton Smith
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing / Black Studies Faculty
Director of the Geneseo Literary Forum
226b Welles Hall

For a list of Geneseo Allies for Social Justice and Diversity, visit
http://bit.ly/2fQrRne.


-- 
Dr. Lytton Smith
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing / Black Studies Faculty
Director of the Geneseo Literary Forum
226b Welles Hall

For a list of Geneseo Allies for Social Justice and Diversity, visit
http://bit.ly/2fQrRne.
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