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Harriet Reading Series: Douglas Kearney
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM (CDT)
Harriet Reading Series
The Harriet Reading Series features readings and presentations by “Craft Work” and “Open Door” writers from the Poetry Foundation’s blog, Harriet. “Craft Work” regularly features poets, editors, and translators writing in detail about their work, while “Open Door” reports on events and community organizations around the world. Poet, performer, librettist, and “Craft Work” contributor Douglas Kearney inaugurates this bi-monthly reading series.
Douglas Kearney’s poems touch on politics, African-American culture,
and contemporary music, among other themes. He describes the
nontraditional layout of his poems as “performative typography.” The
author of Fear, Some and The Black Automaton, a
finalist for the Pen Center USA Literary Award in poetry, Kearney
teaches courses in African American poetry, opera, and myth at
California Institute of the Arts. A reception will follow his reading.
When & Where
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events. It also houses a public garden, a library, and an exhibition gallery, as well as the offices of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.