LA Times Festival of Books Reading
5:00 pm17:00

LA Times Festival of Books Reading

  • Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

Safiya Sinclair reads from her debut collection, Cannibal

Sinclair is the author of Cannibal, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in Poetry, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and named one of the American Library Association's Notable Books of the Year. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Granta, The Nation, Oxford American, and elsewhere. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in literarture and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

MassArts Visit and Reading
6:00 pm18:00

MassArts Visit and Reading

Hosted by Liberal Arts Department

Reception 6:00pm

Lecture 6:30pm

Rising poet Safiya Sinclair will read from her award-winning poetry collection Cannibal (Nebraska Press, 2016), and discuss her inspiration.  Safiya was born and raised in Montego Bay,  Jamaica. She received her MFA in Poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.

Safiya Sinclair's book Cannibal will be available for sale. 

6:00 pm18:00

Reading at Point Reyes Books in Point Reyes, California

  • Point Reyes Books

National Poetry Month celebration with Safiya Sinclair and friends

Whiting Award winner Safiya Sinclair reads from her debut collection, Cannibal. Safiya will be joined by a handful of Bay Area poets for a celebration of National Poetry Month

10:00 am10:00

Poets in Conversation at the Yale Beinecke Library

  • Yale University, Beinecke Library

A roundtable discussion with the visiting poets, Safiya Sinclair, Layli Long Soldier, and Tonya Foster, and the Yale Race & Innovative Poetics Working Group. Chaired by Camille Owens and Maryam Parhizkar at Beinecke Library.

5:30 pm17:30

Writers on Writing: Reading at Brown University

  • McCormack Family Theater

Safiya Sinclair, author of "Cannibal," and Ishion Hutchinson, author of "House of Lords and Commons" and "Far District," will read from their work in the Writers On Writing Reading Series, sponsored by the Department of Literary Arts.

Literary Death Match
8:05 pm20:05

Literary Death Match

  • Black Cat

For our AWP Spectacular, Literary Death Match heads to Black Cat in the nation's capital, as we team with with Painted Bride Quarterly for a magical night of literature, witticisms and enough absurdity to momentarily distract from the horrors happening over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Trust us when we say: this one's not to be missed.

Literary Merit: Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn
Performance: TBA
Intangibles: Alexandra Petri, Washington Post blogger and columnist 

Round 1: 
* Roger Reeves
* Mitchell S. Jackson

Round 2: 
* Safiya Sinclair
* Elena Passarello


Writers Resist LA Reading
1:00 pm13:00

Writers Resist LA Reading

  • Beyond Baroque

On January 15, 2017, the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., writers across the United States and in Europe will come together for Writers Resist, a “re- inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Writers Resist events, large and small, will be held in dozens of locations throughout the world.

READERS: William Archila, Aimee Bender, Ron Carlson, Victoria Chang, Geoff Dyer, Blas Falconer, Amy Gerstler, Dana Goodyear, Naomi Hirahara, Doug Kearney, Meme Kelly, Vandana Khanna, Michele Latiolais, Douglas Manuel, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Alicia Partnoy, Mona Simpson, Christine Schutt, Safiya Sinclair, Lynne Thompson, David Ulin, Vanessa Villarreal, and Amy Wilentz. 

12:30 pm12:30

Texas Book Festival - INVENTING PARADISE

  • Capitol Extension Room E2.036

Jamaica’s modern literary voices are inventing the island in brilliant narratives with resonate deeply with readers. Novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun) and poet Safiya Sinclair (Cannibal) discuss the power of Jamaica on the page, how nostalgia and truth emerge in their lyrical renditions of home, and how readers in Jamaica are responding to their work.

7:30 pm19:30

Texas Book Festival Lit Crawl - Oracular Spectacular

  • GrayDUCK Gallery

Attendees are asked to offer up questions on sticky notes and our all-star panel of “guest oracles" will read visionary, instructive, and surprising responses from their own work. With poets Safiya Sinclair, Eileen Myles, J. Scott Brownlee, Orlando Ricardo Menes, and Carmen Tafolla. Emceed by Sasha West.