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Poetry Reading and Book Signing: Don’t Call Us Dead with Danez Smith
April 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Don’t Call Us Dead
Poet, Performer, Playwright, Teaching Artist, Host
7:00pm Tuesday, April 3 | Liberty Hall
Supported by the Raven Bookstore, the Department of English, the Department of American Studies, the Department of African & African-American Studies, the Langston Hughes Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Office of Diversity and Equity, the Hall Center for the Humanities, The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, KU Libraries, The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, The Project on the History of Black Writing, and The Commons
Danez Smith’s work as a black and queer poet, transcends arbitrary boundaries to present work that grips, dismantles oppressive constructs, and strikes on the human heart. Often centered around intersections of race, class, sexuality, faith, and social justice — Smith uses rhythm, fierce raw power, and imagery to re-imagine the world as they take it apart.
Recipient of 2017 NEA award for poetry, Smith has performed on stages abroad & all over the US; recently they were a featured performer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Their work has been published widely on platforms including Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blavity, Buzzfeed, and Ploughshares. Smith is the 2016 winner of the Kate Tufts Poetry Award, 2016 Hopwood Awardee, and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Smith’s second full-length collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, was be published by Graywolf Press in September of 2017.