April 2015- National Book Award Finalist Fred Moten and Poets Tara Betts and Mel Cooke Highlight the Center for Black Literature’s Poetry Month Celebration

National Book Award Finalist Fred Moten and Poets Tara Betts and Mel Cooke Highlight the Center for Black Literature’s Poetry Month Celebration

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Clarence V. Reynolds
Center for Black Literature
Creynolds@mec.cuny.edu
718-804-8881

Maeshay k. Lewis
Center for Black Literature
mlewis@mec.cuny.edu
718-804-8882

 

National Book Award Finalist Fred Moten and Poets Tara Betts and Mel Cooke Highlight the Center for Black Literature’s Poetry Month Celebration

Since National Poetry Month started in April 1996, it has become one the largest literary celebrations to honor the nation’s poets and acknowledge the vital role poetry plays in our culture. To celebrate Poetry Month in 2015, The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, and the English Department in CUNY, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library and Wesleyan University Press, presents poet and National Book Award finalist Fred Moten, author of the recently published “The Little Edges” and award-nominated “The Feel Trio,” Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event takes place at the Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. The Poetry Month program is part of the Center’s John Oliver Killens Reading Series and is free and open to the public.

Poet Claudia Rankine, who was also nominated for a 2014 National Book Award, stated at the award ceremonies in November, “The state of poetry in the United States is incredibly vibrant.” She noted that Moten is one of the contemporary poets whose works contribute significantly to that vibrancy. He is currently an English professor at University of California, Riverside, and teaches at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodies Poets at Naropa University. He is the author of six poetry collections and two nonfiction titles; his work has appeared in several anthologies and collections and he has read for audiences around the world.

The Poetry Month program at the Brooklyn Public Library will also feature poet Tara Betts, author of “Arc & Hue,” who recently received her Ph.D. in English/creative writing at Binghamton University, and Mel Cooke, a poet from Jamaica and author of two collections of poetry, “11/9 “and “Seh Sup’m: Live from Kingston,” both published by Blue Moon Press/Blouse & Skirt Books in Jamaica. The program will include author readings, a Q& A with the audience, and a book signing. The Poetry Month program is part of Medgar Evers College’s English department conference, which takes place from April 24 to April 25, 2015.

 

For more information and to RSVP for the Poetry Month celebration, please visit www.centerforblackliterature.org.

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