Join us for a virtual reading and conversation with art writer, poet, librettist, and short fiction writer Jessica Lanay as we discuss Black language & music in poetry.
Jessica Lanay is an art writer, poet, librettist, and short fiction writer. She is a frequent contributor to BOMB Magazine where you can find her interviews with Howardena Pindell, El Anatsui, Alan Michelson, and others. Her poetry can be found in Poet Lore, Indiana Review, The Common, [PANK], Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review and others. Her debut poetry collection am●phib●ian won the 2020 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize from Broadside Lotus Press. Her short fiction can be found in Tahoma Literary Review, Duende, and Black Candies. The opera she libretted, Virgula Divina, composed by Karen Brown, will premiere with Pittsburgh Festival Opera. She is a 2018 recipient of a Millay Colony Residency. Also, in 2018, Jessica Lanay was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem "Milk. Milk. Milk," that appeared in The Normal School.