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Thursday, September 26 • 9:00am - 11:00am
What the Dark Cave Took: MotherFellowships of the Black Avant-Garde

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Spurred by simultaneous contending forces of aesthetic urgency, spiritual communion, sexual difference, intellectual attraction, and against racial isolation and cultural gatekeeping, Black literary collectives and fellowships occur as divergences from established routes of lineage and tradition. From within these collective-fellowships, some writers and artists move further ‘out’ as experimenters, innovators, avant-garde visionaries, and gather again in new spaces, all the while maintaining a complex network of relationships to larger matrices of Eurocentric and African diasporic cultural production. What the Dark Cave Took: MotherFellowships of the Black AvantGarde, assembles Tisa Bryant, Lillian Bertram, Douglas Kearney, John Keene, Ruth Ellen Kocher and Ronaldo Wilson, members of The Dark Room Collective, Cave Canem and Black Took respectively, into a multi-genre, hybrid capsule of presentations, performances and readings that orbits multiple lines of inquiry and modes of discovery—bridges and exile, embodiment and ghosts, fugitive presence, visible privacy, outposts and compounds, reach and risk, sonic, spiritual, conscious play and provocation, discrepant and engaged—all focused on each participant’s particularcosmologies and adventures ‘out’ as writers, poets, scholars and makers, as well as the complicated desire to join or connect with other artistic travelers of the African Diaspora. Who do we mean when we gather? Where do we be when we don’t? How the great (w)holes matter? What the dark cave took?

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Tisa Bryant

Director, MFA Creative Writing Program, Co-Director, Equity & Diversity, California Institute of the Arts
Tisa Bryant makes work that often traverses the boundaries of genre, culture and history, with an enduring fascination with fusing critical and creative writing through the other arts into distinctive registers and new forms. She is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection... Read More →

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Douglas Kearney

Faculty, MFA Creative Writing Program, CalArts
Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s third poetry collection, Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014) examines miscarriage, infertility, and parenthood. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was a National Poetry Series selection. He has received residencies/fellowships... Read More →
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John Keene

Associate Professor, Rutgers University at Newark
John Keene is the author of the poetic novel Annotations (New Directions, 1995); of the poetry collection Seismosis (1913 Press), with artist Christopher Stackhouse; and of the short fiction collection Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015) . He also is the translator of Brazilian... Read More →
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Ruth Ellen Kocher

Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Director of Creative Writing, University of Colorado
Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of the Ending in Planes (Noemi, 2014), Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press 2014), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press 2012), and also One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press 2003), When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering, Winner of the... Read More →
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Ronaldo V. Wilson

Ronaldo Wilson is the author of the collections Poems of the Black Object (2009), which won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award, and Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (2008). His poetry has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, and he has... Read More →

Thursday September 26, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am MDT
British Studies Norlin Library

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