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Location: Higgins Hall Auditorium, 61. St. James Place, Brooklyn Campus
"Ga(s)p: Breath, Community and Poetry"
The M.F.A. in Writing program presents poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, and former lawyer M. NourbeSe Philip. A Fellow of the Guggenheim and Rockefeller (Bellagio) Foundations and the MacDowell Colony, Philip is the recipient of many awards including the Casa de las Americas prize (Cuba). Among her best known published works are: She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks; Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence; and Harriet’s Daughter, a young adult novel. Philip’s most recent work is Zong!, a genre-breaking poem, which engages with ideas of the law, history and memory as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade.
The Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics is an annual lecture series hosted by Pratt Institute with a focus on the critical analysis of innovative poetry, essays, plays and cross-genre work primarily by women poets. The series invites contemporary writers to present their work in the spirit exemplified by Scalapino’s own critical writing and editorial vision as publisher of O Books.
Previous lecturers in the series, which is hosted also by Naropa Institute and the University of California, Berkeley, have included Erica Hunt, Joan Retallack, Jalal Toufic, Petah Coyne, Renee Gladman, Lisa Robertson, Judith Goldman, Dorothy Wang, Divya Victor and Simone White, Ronaldo Wilson, and Dawn Lundy Martin.