The Weissman Center for Leadership and the APAU Black History Month Committee present award winning poets Morgan Parker and Danez Smith: Poets in Conversation. Parker and Smith will share their work and together, will discuss the transformative role of poetry in the contemporary moment.
Organized in collaboration with the Association of Pan-African Unity’s Black History Month Committee.
Free and open to the public.
Book signing to follow.
Morgan Parker is the author of “There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé,” “Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night” and the forthcoming poetry collection, “Magical Negro.” Her debut young adult novel, “Who Put This Song On?” will be published in 2019, and her debut book of nonfiction will be released in 2020. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Best American Poetry 2016, The New York Times and The Nation. She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She hosts “Reparations, Live!,” cocurates the “Poets With Attitude” reading series with Tommy Pico, and, with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She lives in Los Angeles.
Danez Smith is a black, queer, poz writer and performer from St. Paul, Minnesota. Smith is the author of “Don’t Call Us Dead” (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. Smith’s “[insert] boy” (YesYes Books, 2014) is the winner of numerous awards, including the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Smith is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the cohost of “VS” with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Smith’s third collection, “Homie,” will be published by Graywolf in spring 2020.