On Monday, December 3, 2012, Poets Kevin Young, Evie Shockley, and Terrance Hayes will conduct a roundtable symposium on newness in the creative arts and American expressive culture. Interspersed with readings from their own collections, these three major American poets will demonstrate the importance of innovation and contingency to their craft, and offer critical commentary on the stakes of cultural hybridity located beyond the printed page. This event will take place in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center’s Martinos Auditorium from 6:00pm – 8:00pm and is free and open to the public.
Kevin Young received his MFA from Brown University in 1996. He is the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, where he also serves as the curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library. He is the author of 6 poetry collections and numerous anthologies. His most recent collection of essays The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness (2012) was awarded the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.
Evie Shockley is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of four books of poetry and a book of criticism, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2011). She is the 2012 recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. Her most recent collection of poetry is titled the new black (2011).
Terrance Hayes is a Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; Wind in a Box (2006); Hip Logic (2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
Sponsored by the Brown University Creative Arts Council and the Departments of English and American Studies. Co-sponsored by The Starr Lectureship Fund, Department of Literary Arts, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Department of Africana Studies, Department of Modern Culture and Media, and The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.