Join the City of Salisbury's Poet Laureate, Nancy Mitchell for live readings on Zoom with local and national poets in celebration of Black History Month. This first edition features Tommye Blount and Nandi Comer.
A Cave Canem alumnus, Blount, who was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, is the author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books, 2020), a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and What Are We Not For (Bull City Press, 2016). A graduate from Warren Wilson College's MFA Program for Writers, he has been the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Kresge Arts and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Nandi Comer was raised in Detroit, Michigan. She received a BA in English and in Spanish with an emphasis on Latin American Culture from the University of Michigan. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Callaloo, and a translation fellowship by US Poets in Mexico. Her poems and essay have appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, The Journal of Pan African Studies, Sycamore Review and Third Coast. She is the author of American Family: Syndrome (Finishing Line Press) and Tapping Out (Northwestern University Press). Her writing has received the Vera Myer Strube Award in poetry and she is the winner of Crab Orchard Review’s 2014 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. In 2016 she completed an MA in African American Literature from the Department African American and African Diaspora Studies and an MFA in Poetry from the English Department at Indiana University. She is a 2019 Literary Arts Fellow.
*You must pre-register to get the Zoom code for this event by Thursday, February 4 at 9 a.m. Zoom information will be sent out on Thursday morning.