April 14, 2021 - 6:00pm
It's a new year and a new Black Study. Welcome to "Sounds and Re-Sounds, the fourth event in our Black Study 2.0 series: Black Is...Black Ain't, made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of the Arts & Sciences, The Dietrich Foundation, and the Humanities Center.
This event will engage poet Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, poet Natalie Diaz, and writer and performance artist lê thị diễm thúy in a conversation about sound and boundary.
Curated and moderated by Diana Khoi Nguyen.
(Photo credit: Photo of lê thị diễm thúy by Margarita Mejía)
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Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of Travesty Generator (Noemi Press), a book of computational poetry that received the Poetry Society of America’s 2020 Anna Rabinowitz prize for interdisciplinary work and longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry. Their other poetry books include How Narrow My Escapes (DIAGRAM/New Michigan), Personal Science (Tupelo), a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press), and But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press). They are an associate professor at UMass Boston where they direct the MFA in Creative Writing program.
Natalie Diaz is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press, and her second book, Postcolonial Love Poem, was published by Graywolf Press in March 2020. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, a United States Artists Ford Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. Diaz is Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
lê thị diễm thúy—is a writer and solo performance artist. She is the author of the novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003), the solo performance works, Mua He Do Lua/Red Fiery Summer, the bodies between us, and Carte Postale, and the installation sông song / river song. She has been awarded fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and United States Artists.