Emerson College WLP Reading Series, David Mura Reading at the Bill Bordy Theatre

If you are a non-Emerson guest, please RSVP for this reading event at Eventbrite.

A Stranger’s Journey: Race and Identity in Poetry and Prose by David Mura

David Mura is a poet, memoirist, novelist, and literary critic. His latest book is A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing. He’s written two memoirs: Turning Japanese (a New York Times Notable Book; Josephine Miles Oakland PEN Award) and Where the Body Meets Memory. His four books of poetry: After We Lost Our Way (National Poetry Contest winner), The Colors of Desire (Carl Sandburg Award), Angels for the Burning, and The Last Incantations. He has taught at various universities and VONA, a conference for writers of color. He has worked with the Innocent Classroom, a program designed to train K-12 teachers to improve their relationships with students of color.

Back to the Afrofuture: A Conversation with Ytasha Womack at Emerson College

Presented by Emerson College WLP Reading Series. Co-sponsored by Emerson’s School of the Arts, Graduate Studies, Admissions and the Career Development Center.

This event is a Webinar on Wed, Nov 7, 7-8pm EST with a Live Audience located in Ansin 604. The Webinar is free and open to the public. The Live Audience portion is limited to current Emerson students, faculty and staff.

Please RSVP by November 6 at EventBrite (Webinar instructions located on EventBrite): http://womack.eventbrite.com

Ytasha L. Womack is an award-winning producer, director, author, and innovator. She is author of the critically acclaimed books Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture, Rayla 2212, Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity; and co-edited Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. Afrofuturism is a 2014 Locus Awards Nonfiction Finalist, and Post Black was hailed as a Booklist Top 10 Black History Reader of 2010. Her films include Love Shorts and The Engagement. The Engagement was nominated for Best Film at the American Black Film Festival. A Chicago native, she recently co-founded Afrofuturism849 to host discussions and events in Afrofuturism. She shoots her sci-fi film Bar Star City later this year.

Memoirist MARY KARR at Emerson

Emerson’s WLP Reading Series is pleased to present a Q&A and reading with MARY KARR.

MARY KARR is an award-winning poet and New York Times best-selling memoirist, and the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling memoirs The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. Her latest books are The Art of Memoir, a master class on the fastest-growing literary genre which debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was blanketed in stellar reviews, and a book for graduates based on her acclaimed 2015 Syracuse commencement speech, Now Go Out There (and Get Curious). In 2015 Syracuse University awarded Karr an honorary doctorate in humane letters. Karr added songwriter to her pedigree with the release of Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell.

Q&A: 4pm
Piano Row, The New Charles Beard Room, 2nd floor
Emerson College, 150 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Reading: 6pm
The Bill Bordy Theater, 1st floor
Emerson College, 216 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116

This reading is free and open to the public.

Emerson’s WLP Reading Series: AMY HEMPEL: CANCELLED

Emerson college’s Writing Literature and Publishing (WLP) program is pleased to welcome short story writer AMY HEMPEL for a reading from her work.

AMY HEMPEL is the author of four collections of stories. Collected Stories was named one of the New York Times’s Ten Best Books of the Year, won the Ambassador Award, and the Harold Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an inaugural United States Artists Foundation Fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Award, and many others. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, The Quarterly, GQ, The Harvard Review, and more, and has been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, the Best Non-Required Reading, and Life is Short–Art is Shorter. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Letters, she teaches at Bennington College and Stony Brook University, and lives near New York City.

This free reading free is open to the public.