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Please note that we are donating all royalties from Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era to Black Lives Matter and its kindred organizations. During our book launch in Austin, we raised an additional $191 to support the movement. Let’s keep this momentum up! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era Book Launch

The co-editors were recently reading from and discussing Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era in Austin, TX. On March 3, we participated in a reading at the George Washington Carver Museum with an incredible line-up of Austin poets, including Amanda Johnston, Travis Helms, Monica Teresa Ortiz, Jesus Valles, and KB. On March 4, we gave the Jessie Daniel Ames lecture at Southwestern University. Entitled “Poetry of Witness,” our talk focused on the work of antiracism through and beyond poetry and on and off campuses. We were also joined by Kelly Lessard, who took the poignant photograph on the book’s cover.

Because of COVID-19, we have had to cancel our other spring 2020 events, but we are planning for fall 2020. Details forthcoming.

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Black History Month Celebration & Reading

Check out two incredible poets, Cameron Barnett and Steffan Triplett, included in Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era for a reading in celebration of Black History Month. The complete list of readers is: Cameron Barnett, Jari Bradley, Malcolm Friend, K. Henderson, Willie Kinard III, Nicole Lourette, Gabrielle Ralambo-Rajerison, and Steffan Triplett. Co-organized and co-hosted by Cameron Barnett and Malcolm Friend.

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Revisiting the Elegy is now available for order from Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Revisiting-the-Elegy-in-the-Black-Lives-Matter-Era/Austin-Maner-Rutter-scott/p/book/9780367321581

Boston

Image: Phillis Wheatley gifted with flowers at the Boston Women’s Memorial.

Hosted by the African American Literature & Culture Society (AALCS), Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era held a round table at the 30th annual conference of the American Literature Association (ALA) which took place from May 23-26, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Joined by poet Danielle Legros Georges who delivered a memorable and powerful performance, co-editors Emily Rutter, Sequoia Maner, and darlene anita scott (via Skype) previewed poems and essays published in the book.

Cincinnati

Image: Obelisk dedicated to Harriet Tubman featured at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati

Revisiting the Elegy presented at the 32nd annual MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) conference, held from March 21-24, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio and organized around the theme “Underground Histories.” Co-editors Emily Rutter and Sequoia Maner, along with contributor Dr. Debbie Mix spoke about the landscape and stakes of black-authored elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era. From memorializing Tiffany Austin to discussions of structural racism in the medical establishment and innovation in contemporary black poetics, the round table was lively and fruitful.

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