On Thursday, April 5th at 7pm, A.L. Nielsen and Duriel E. Harris will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.
A.L. Nielsen was the first winner of the Larry Neal Award for poetry, and has since received the Josephine Miles Award, the Darwin Turner Award, the Gertrude Stein Award, the Kayden prize and others. His books of poetry are Heat Strings, Evacuation Routes, Stepping Razor, VEXT, Mixage, Mantic Semantic, A Brand New Beggar and Tray. He currently serves as the Kelly Professor of American Literature at Penn State University, having taught in the past at Howard University, San Jose State, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, and Central China Normal University. His works of scholarship include Reading Race, Writing between the Lines, C.L.R. James: A Critical Introduction, Black Chant and Integral Music. With Lauri Ramey he has edited two anthologies of innovative poetry by Black American writers. His edition of Lorenzo Thomas’s Don’t Deny My Name received an American Book Award, and he is currently working with Laura Vrana on The Collected Poems of Lorenzo Thomas.
Poet, performer, and sound artist, Duriel E. Harris is author of No Dictionary of a Living Tongue, Drag and Amnesiac and coauthor of the poetry video Speleology. Current undertakings include “Blood Labyrinth” and the solo performance project Thingification. Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.