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Redefining Eco-Poetics: This is the Forest Primeval

Time: Dec. 7, 2022, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: Gifford Auditorium, HBC Hall

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

Vievee Francis (Dartmouth University)

In this public reading with Q&A, poet and scholar Vievee Francis interrogates interior and exterior landscapes formed by legacies of slavery, oppression, and violence against Black people and, especially, Black women. This event is a feature of the Raymond Carver Reading Series and part of a year-long Environmental Storytelling series organized by the Engaged Humanities Network in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Biography: Poet Vievee Francis is the author of The Shared World, forthcoming from Northwestern University Press; Forest Primeval (TriQuarterly Books, 2015), winner of the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Award; Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize; and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including, Best American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017, 2019, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and she teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She is the recipient of the 2021 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry.