Fred Moten & Ronaldo V. Wilson

The writing of Fred Moten and Ronaldo V. Wilson moves like a melody between parted lips through the liminal spaces of poetry, criticism, history, and narrative. Sublime, symphonic, ecstatic, “they are/ recording / angels, so / we join them” (Moten).

We hope you can join us at 7:00PM for a reception before the event. The reading will begin at 8:00PM. Masks will be optional while enjoying drinks and company during the reception but will be required once the reading begins.

Fred Moten’s latest projects are a poetry collection, Perennial Fashion Presence Falling (Wave Books, 2023), a record album, Fred Moten/Brandon López/Gerald Cleaver (Reading Group Records, 2022) and an essay collection, All Incomplete (Minor Compositions, 2021), co-authored with Stefano Harney, Xun Lee and Denise Ferreira da Silva. He lives in New York and teaches in the Departments of Performance Studies and Comparative Literature at New York University.

Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the Cave Canem Prize; Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry; Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose (Counterpath Press, 2014), finalist for a Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2018); Carmelina: Figures (Wendy’s Subway, 2021); and the forthcoming Virgil Kills: Stories (Nightboat Books, 2022). Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson, too, is an interdisciplinary artist and Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at UC Santa Cruz.

Masks are required at all Poetry Project events unless otherwise specifically noted. If you forget to bring your mask, we are happy to provide you with one. We also encourage all event attendees to take a rapid test the day of the event before heading to the church.

This in-person event will also be livestreamed via The Poetry Project's YouTube. Livestream captions will be available via a StreamText link or the CC button on YouTube's player.

Open CART captioning is scheduled for most in-person events.