BOSTON POET LAUREATE TO GIVE TWO PRESENTATIONS AT MCLA
North Adams,MA — It’s a rare opportunity to hear from one of the great poets of our time, Boston’s Poet Laureate, Danielle Legros Georges, a professor at Lesley University, at two readings on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. They will take place at events sponsored by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) – a public talk and a poetry reading.
Georges will present a public reading “Fluid Beautiful Identities,” at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at MCLA’s Center for Science and Innovation, room 121. Then, at 7 p.m. in MCLA Gallery 51,on Main Street in North Adams, she will offer a poetry reading. Both events, funded by MCLA’s “Creating Equality” series, are free and open to the public.
Many of Georges’ poems describe her native country of Haiti, which she visits regularly. She grew up in Boston’s Haitian community in Mattapan, where she moved with her family at age 6.
In addition to writing many poems about Haitian identity, Georges’ areas of academic focus and expertise at Lesley include arts and education, contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature, and studies and literary translation.
Georges has been widely recognized for her poetry and scholarship. Recent literary awards include the 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry, the 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist in Poetry, Lesley University Faculty Development Grants, and a 2013 Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship/Andrew W. Mellon Grant.
Georges’ poems have been widely anthologized, and her recent essays have appeared in “Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry,” “Influences and Writing in America,” and “Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond.”
Most recently, she is author of the volume of poems, “Maroon,” available from Northwestern University Press. A second book of poems, “The Dear Remote Nearness of You,” will be published by Barrow Street Press in spring 2016.
Those who best love freedom are those who are not free
or those who were not free or those who could not be.
Theprison. Therealcell. The bars of one’s own making. The scars, and flesh beneath still quaking.
The dire need to breathe. The stars and sky on fire. Seedandpyre. Theturning, turning all to dust. The air.
A hole bored through a tent’s blue ceiling. The sky reeling. Reeling.
Will. Force. The thing that will not let you die.
A million, million, million whys. Anabsence
ofantecedents. Afrankness. Atension. Acraggyflower rough blossom, repeating. Repeating.
(“A Credence” was originally published in The Caribbean Writer, Volume 25, (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands), 2011)
Georges also teaches in the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences summer Writer’s Workshop at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
She received a B.S. in communication studies from Emerson College, and holds an M.F.A. in English and creative writing from New York University.
MCLA faculty, staff and students consider the accomplishments and challenges associated with all dimensions of human rights, including racial equality, women’s rights, gay rights, immigrants’ rights and economic equity through courses, conversations, cultural programs and leadership opportunities.
Through its “Creating Equality” series, MCLA is proud to honor these movements and the individuals who have led and supported them, and to provide a platform for discussion of these important issues. “Creating Equality” celebrates the progress that has been made, and challenges the community to understand and become involved with the ongoing national debate about civil rights.
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