Rewriting Race

Goucher College is presenting poet Douglas Kearney in the fourth installment of its annual reading series “Rewriting Race” on Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House. After his reading Kearney will answer questions and sign copies of his books.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ailish Hopper Meisner, instructor of peace studies and English, at or 410-337-6375.

Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press, and his second manuscript, The Black Automaton, published by Fence Books in 2009, was chosen for the National Poetry Series and was also a finalist for the Pen Center USA Award in 2010. His chapbook Quantum Spit was published by Corollary Press (2010). His poetry has appeared in journals including Callaloo, nocturnes, jubilat, Ninth Letter, Washington Square,, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, and Poetry, as well as numerous anthologies.

A professor in the Critical Studies Program at California Institute for the Arts, Kearney is a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, along with several fellowships and residencies, including Cave Canem, Callaloo, Idyllwild, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.

He has been a featured performer at venues nationwide, including the New York Public Theater, the Orpheum in Minneapolis, Locus Arts in San Francisco, and the World Stage in Los Angeles. He has received commissions from the Weisman Art Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem to create poetry in response to art installations.

Also a librettist, Kearney has written four operas: Jungaeyé; Mordake, which premiered 2008 at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; Sucktion, which was awarded a Multi-Arts Production Fund grant and has since been produced internationally; and Crescent City, which was featured at the New York City Opera’s Vox Festival in 2009.

Additionally, his work in theater includes an experimental play for children titled Word Play: A Word-Play that was commissioned by KinderGarde, dramaturgy and lectures on dramaturgy, performance, and performative typography.

This event is being cosponsored by Kratz Center for Creative Writing, the Isabelle Kellogg Thomas Lectureship, and the Peace Studies and Africana Studies programs at Goucher. Previous featured “Rewriting Race” artists have been Martha Collins, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Jake Adam York.


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