A. Van Jordan Poetry Reading

8:00 PM, Thursday, April 4, 2013
UNCG Faculty Center
Poetry reading

The UNCG MFA Writing Program, Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, African American Studies Program, and Department of Media Studies in collaboration with the creative writing programs at NCA&T University and Guilford College, will host two events with award-winning poet A. Van Jordan. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 4th there will be a poetry reading, reception, and book signing for Jordan’s new full-length collection, The Cineaste. In The Cineaste, Jordan reflects on life as a moviegoer through a montage of poems exploring film, poetry, and the elusiveness of reverie, with film serving as both the setting and often the touchstone for memory, memoir, and pure fantasy. The reading and reception will take place at 8:00 PM in the UNCG Faculty Center on College Avenue.

On Wednesday, April 3rd, there will be a screening of a silent film by pioneering African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, followed by a discussion of Michaeux’s work and its influence on Jordan. Afterwards, there will be a book signing for the limited edition chapbook of Jordan’s triple-sonnet sequence, “The Homesteader,” which imagines the struggle of Micheaux against Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, which Micheaux saw as not only a racist film but also as the start of a powerful new art form. The screening, discussion, and book signing will take place at 6:00 PM in Room 1214 of the Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building.

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award (Tia Chucha Press, 2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times; Quantum Lyrics, (2007); and The Cineaste, (2013), W.W. Norton & Co. Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a United States Artist Williams Fellowship. He is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Michigan and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Over a three-decade period that began in 1919, Oscar Micheaux wrote, directed, edited, produced, and distributed over forty films nationally and internationally. These films usually featured all-Black casts. They spanned a silent film period (1919-1930) and a talkie period (1931-1948). Micheaux also authored seven novels.