The Poetry of Protest: Luis Rodriguez, Patricia Smith and Tyehimba Jess in conversation with Nate Marshall

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When world events seem to defy language, poetry gives voice to protest. Luis Rodríguez has published books of poetry, fiction and books for children. The former poet laureate of Los Angeles, he may be best known for his powerful memoir “Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.” National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith is the author of “Incendiary Art: Poems.” She was awarded the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize from the Library of Congress. Tyehimba Jess, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry for “Olio,” has also won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He has also received the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Moderating this dynamic conversation is Nate Marshall, author of “Wild Hundreds” and an editor of “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.”

Saturday, June 10, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Jones College Prep/4th Floor/4038

Luis Rodriguez

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Luis Rodriguez

LUIS J. RODRÍGUEZ has published fifteen books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. He is best known for his memoir, Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.He is the former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. Rodríguez is aScholar in Residence at California State University, Northridge.

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Patricia Smith

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Patricia Smith

National Book Award finalist, Patricia Smith is the author of Incendiary Art: Poems (TriQuarterly, 2017). Her awards include the 2014 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize from the Library of Congress. She is an associate professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and on faculty at Sierra Nevada College.

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Nate Marshall

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Nate Marshall (Interviewer)

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. He is the Director of National Programs at Young Chicago Authors. He is @illuminatemics on Twitter.

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Tyehimba Jess

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Tyehimba Jess

Poet Tyehimba Jess is author of Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award, and an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series.

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