Poetics: A RaceB4Race Symposium

Arizona State University | January 27-28, 2023 

In person and livestreamed

This symposium will invite scholars and poets to examine the ways race can, should, and/or does function within poetic paradigms. Along with one of our distinguished speakers, Fred Moten, we ponder "the question of how we can read the poem is redoubled now. Now, how can we read this poem?"


Invited speakers

  • Brandi K. Adams (Arizona State University)
  • Tanvir Ahmed (Austrian Academy of Science)
  • Tamar Boyadjian (Columbia University)
  • Suzanne Coley (Independent artist)
  • Reginald Jackson (University of Michigan)
  • Promise Li (Princeton University)
  • Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky)
  • Susie Phillips (Northwestern University)
  • Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut)
  • Reginald Wilburn (University of New Hampshire)


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An evening with Fred Moten and Jericho Brown

January 27, 2023 | Keynote conversation

Fred Moten is a cultural theorist and poet creating new conceptual spaces that accommodate emergent forms of Black cultural production, aesthetics, and social life. In his theoretical and critical writing on visual culture, poetics, music, and performance, Moten seeks to move beyond normative categories of analysis, grounded in Western philosophical traditions, that do not account for the Black experience. He is developing a new mode of aesthetic inquiry wherein the conditions of being Black play a central role.

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019), which was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Apply for travel support

RaceB4Race is an ongoing conference series that brings together scholars of color working on issues of race in premodern literature, history and culture. For the upcoming Poetics: A RaceB4Race Symposium, we are offering funds to help defray the costs of traveling to and participating in the symposium. All students and scholars regardless of career status or financial circumstances are eligible to apply. 

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Livestream information

This event will be livestreamed by ASU Live. The recording will be available to watch on the ACMRS YouTube channel afterwards. If you would like to be reminded of the ASU Live link at the time of the event, please register with the online only option.



COVID-19 safety protocols

Attendees of this event must follow ASU guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety.

 

Venue and parking

This event will take place in Carson Ballroom in Old Main. The closest parking garage to the venue is the Fulton Center parking structure. Learn more about parking rates here.