Erica Hunt and Dawn Lundy Martin in Conversation with Claudia Rankine
Readings by Erica Hunt and Dawn Lundy Martin, and a conversation with Claudia Rankine, followed by a reception/signing.
This reading was organized in conjunction with Professor Rankine’s Craft Seminar, Contemporary Black Women Poets: Experiments in the Lyric.
Open to the public. All attendees are required to RSVP in advance; please click here.
Masks are optional. All attendees must be in compliance with NYU’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements (fully vaccinated and boosted, once eligible and by NYU’s deadline). Visitors (i.e. anyone who is not a current NYU student or employee) should be prepared to present proof of compliance and a government-issued ID if asked to do so.
The Creative Writers House is currently wheelchair inaccessible.
Erica Hunt is a poet, an essayist, a scholar, and an organizer. She is the author of Jump the Clock (Nightboat Books, 2020); Veronica: A Suite in X Parts (selva oscura press, 2019); Piece Logic (Carolina Wren Press, 2002); Arcade (Kelsey Street Press, 1996); and Local History (Roof Books, 1993). Hunt is the co-editor of Letters to the Future, Black Women/Radical Writing (Kore Press, 2018), alongside Dawn Lundy Martin. Known for her work in experimental poetics and critical race theory, Hunt has received grants and fellowships from the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, among others. She has worked as a housing organizer, radio producer, and teacher, as well as for the Twenty-First Century Foundation, which supports organizations that address social injustice affecting the Black community. She is the Bonderman Visiting Professor of the Practice in the literary arts department at Brown University.
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Dawn Lundy Martin is an American poet and essayist. She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood, winner of the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE , A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering, and three limited edition chapbooks. Her nonfiction can be found in n+1, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Believer, and Best American Essays 2019. Martin is the Toi Derricotte Endowed Chair of African American Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.
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Claudia Rankine is the author of six collections of poetry, including Just Us: An American Conversation, Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March of 2020 at The Shed, NYC, The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) and was published by Graywolf Press in 2019, and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (FENCE, 2015). In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She teaches at New York University.
Photo by Ike Edeani