Express yourself in lyric mode with contemporary poets at '(re)Phrase' on 'Guests and Gusto'

Friday, April 16, 2021 at 2 p.m.

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Join poets Cheswayo Mphanza, Ashley Toliver, and Phillip B. Williams for "Endurable Grammar: On Sequence, Elasticity, and the Lyric Mode," the latest edition of the (re)Phrase literary series.

Mphanza reads from his debut collection, The Rinehart Frames, which won the 2020 Sillerman Best First Book Prize for African Poets. Juxtaposing Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man with the film 24 Frames by Abbas Kiarostami, the poems leap into secondary histories, spaces, and languages that encompass a collective yet varied consciousness of being.

Toliver shares work from her recent collection, Spectra, a finalist for the 2018 Believer Book Awards. Toliver’s generous, penetrating, relentlessly sonic poems record the creative potential of the body and the boundaries of the self.

Williams offers excerpts from his forthcoming collection, Mutiny, and his critically acclaimed, award-winning collection Thief in the Interior. Intimate, bold, and sonically mesmerizing, Mutiny addresses loneliness, desire, doubt, memory, and the borderline between beauty and tragedy.

Following the readings, the poets speak with Joël Díaz, director of the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies, and offer insight on contemporary poetics and the creative process.

About '(re)Phrase'
(re)Phrase celebrates contemporary Black literature through readings and conversations with resonant authors and poets. The series is programmed by the SCAD Museum of Art’s Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies.

About 'Guests and Gusto'
Tune in to the SCAD virtual series Guests and Gusto for conversations and content with leading cultural voices. Meet the creators and innovators remaking creative industries and get essential insight to guide your career in art, design, and entertainment.

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