A Celebration for Erica Hunt’s Jump the Clock

In a crucial and monumental new selection, Erica Hunt’s Jump the Clock brings urgent attention to work which has for decades elevated the liberatory possibilities within every unit of speech. Visionary, humanist, indefatigable in the devotion of her analyses, Erica Hunt’s lexical care and critique pose essential questions into mutual inflections of language with time, racial and gender justice, media, and democracy. We’re thrilled now to be celebrating Hunt with the broad spheres and communities her work has inspired – poets, artists, and theorists across generations influenced by Hunt’s imprint on Black innovative writing, feminist ethics, and the Language Poetry movement.

Erica Hunt will read with Charles BernsteinTonya M. FosterSawako Nakayasu, and Simone White. This event is tentatively planned as a live outdoor program at St. Mark’s Church with limited capacity. Attendees are required to register in advance.

Public Health Precautions

This is tentatively planned as a live outdoor event at St. Mark's Church. We are following (and exceeding) recommendations laid out by NY State for outdoor gatherings. These include: limiting the number of attendees to under 50; setting up seating with fixed and socially distant spacing; requiring and providing face masks, as well hand sanitizer stations. We will have 3 microphones on hand, and will be rotating / sanitizing these between readings. Attendees are required to register in advance, and contact information is collected at the point of registration in the event that we need to support any public health efforts around contact tracing. We are grateful to attendees for helping us maintain safety within our present public health context, and look forward to holding meaningful shared listening space together.

Information about an online broadcast of this event is forthcoming.

Erica Hunt is a poet, and essayist, author of Local History and Arcade, Piece Logic, Time Flies Right Before the Eyes and A Day and Its Approximates. Her poems and essays have appeared in BOMBBoundary 2Brooklyn RailConjunctionsThe Los Angeles Review of BooksPoetics JournalTripwireRecluseIn the American Tree and Conjunctions. With poet and scholar Dawn Lundy Martin, Hunt is co-editor of an anthology of new writing by Black women, Letters to the Future, from Kore Press. Hunt has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Fund for Poetry, and the Djerassi Foundation and is a past fellow of Duke University/University of Capetown Program in Public Policy. She is now the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Long Island University – Brooklyn.