Janice Harrington, Duriel Harris & Frank X Walker

Join our community for an intimate reading showcasing members of our Faculty and enjoying a reception with our Fellows.

Janice N. Harrington’s latest book of poetry is Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin (BOA Editions). She is also the author of Even the Hollow My Body Made Is GoneThe Hands of Strangers, and several award-winning children’s books. She teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Duriel E. Harris is author of three poetry collections, including No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (Nightboat Books), finalist for the Audre Lorde Award. Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. She lives in Chicago

The first African American writer to be named Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker is Professor of English and African American and Africana Studies and Director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he founded pluck!—The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. He has published eleven collections of poetry, including his latest, Masked Man, Black: Pandemic & Protest Poems, and Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, which was awarded an NAACP Image Award and the Black Caucus American Library Association Honor Award. A Cave Canem fellow, his honors also include a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry.

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