Poetry Reading and Conversation with
Poet Jay Wright
Frequently described as a “poet’s poet,” Jay Wright has quietly built an impressive career as one of America’s leading African-American voices. His work, praised for its evocative language, introspective tone and mythological imagery, has won many honors, including the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships, and Yale’s prestigious Bollingen Prize. Wright’s plays, essays and poetry generally focus on a rediscovery of African-American heritage through historical study and personal experience. His poetry, often autobiographical and allegorical in nature, has been compared to the work of T. S. Eliot, Walt Whitman and Hart Crane, and shows influences as various as Dante, Nicolás Guillén, Alejo Carpentier, St. Augustine and the West African griot tradition. A recurring theme in Wright’s poetry is the attempt to overcome a sense of exclusion, whether from society or one’s own cultural identity, and to find growth and unity through a connection between American society (the experience of the present) and African traditions (the heritage of the past).
Location and Time
Tuesday, Oct. 25
3:30 p.m. Poetry reading
Wednesday, Oct. 26
3:30 p.m. Student conversation
Cudahy Hall, Room 108
No RSVP Needed
Both events are public and open to all students, faculty and the public.
Sponsored by the Rojtman Foundation
For more information, contact Dr. Curtis Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org.