On this evening of poetry, Ghanaian born, Jamaican-raised poet Kwame Dawes is joined by Jamaican-born and raised rising poet Safiya Sinclair. The two poets will, through their work, celebrate reggae music and pay tribute to one of its most acclaimed singer/songwriters, Robert Nestor Marley, the day before what would have been his 73rd birthday.
PEN America is partnering with the Brooklyn Museum to present an evening of cocktails and conversation centering Caribbean women writers.
This evening, the first in our two-part series presents Elizabeth Nunez, Trinidadian-American novelist and distinguished professor of English at Hunter College–CUNY; Jamaican poet Safiya Sinclair; and Caribbean writer, poet, and essayist Tiphanie Yanique, in conversation.
- 6 pm Cocktail hour
- 7 pm Conversation with Elizabeth Nunez, Safiya Sinclair, and Tiphanie Yanique
- 8:15 pm Live jazz by Jazz Foundation of America
After a week of poems from 19 poets imagining ‘A New Colossus’ online, (92y.org/new-colossus), join the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and Poets House on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:30pm for our culminating event: an open-air reading featuring seven of the festival contributors:
The event is free and open to the public.
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.
Hosted by Liberal Arts Department
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.
National Poetry Month Reading Series
Whiting Award winner Safiya Sinclair reads from her debut collection of poems, Cannibal.
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
At the Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
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.
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
Intangibles: Alexandra Petri, Washington Post blogger and columnist
* Roger Reeves
* Mitchell S. Jackson
* Safiya Sinclair
* Elena Passarello
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.
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.
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.
In their latest collections, poets Monica Youn (Blackacre), Safiya Sinclair (Cannibal) and Orlando Ricardo Menes (Heresies) straddle borders of geography, identity, culture and verse. Join them as they read from their exciting, exploratory new work.