This event is part of the year-long, city-wide celebration The Year of James Baldwin, which is presented in partnership with Harlem Stage, Columbia University School of the Arts and New York Live Arts, and in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the School of Media Studies and the MFA Creative Writing Program from The New School.
About leaving his native country, James Baldwin argues, "One sees it better from a distance...from another place, from another country." Can displacement (voluntary or otherwise) bring a writer to write more clearly about her "home" or herself? Is the tension between Baldwin and the places about which he writes, the complications between himself and those places, a necessary component to his success? Panelists will discuss the ways in which Baldwin's view of place informed his work.
With Dante Micheaux and Darryl Pinckney.
Moderated by Tracyann Williams, faculty, School of Undergraduate Studies
Dante Micheaux is the author of Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010). His poems and translations have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Bloom, Callaloo, Gathering Ground and Rattapallax-among other journals and anthologies. He has been a guest of the Poetry Project and the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. His honors include a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation. He resides in London and New York City.
Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. His new book is Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy.
Tracyann Williams earned her PhD and MPhil in English from The Graduate Center/CUNY. Before becoming the Director of Academic Advising, she was faculty in the School of Undergraduate Studies for 13 years. She has also taught Composition and Literature at LaGuardia College/CUNY. Her current research focuses on mixed race women in modern fictions, a topic that influences the courses she offers in literature, gender studies, and cultural studies. Her courses include Gender and Popular Culture, The Harlem Renaissance, and Passing: (Re)Constructing Identity. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her research and teaching including a Helena Rubenstein Foundation fellowship and the Distinguished University Teaching Award from The New School in 2004.
Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Author of Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010)
Author, and longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books
Lori Lynn Turner
Associate Director MFA Creative Writing Program at The New School
Director of Academic Advising and Lecturer of Literature, Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students at The New School.