Renowned poet Thomas Sayers Ellis to speak at York College 7 p.m. March 13

Poet, photographer, professor and York College writer-in-residence Thomas Sayers Ellis will discuss his work 7 p.m. Mar. 13 in DeMeester Recital Hall, Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall.

From a press release:

A literary activist and innovator in the poetry community, Ellis is the co-founder of The Dark Room Collective, established in 1988 as an influential poetry community that recognizes emerging and established writers of color. His photography collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander and the Poetry Foundation helped create the virtual poetry tour in his hometown of Washington, D.C.

Utilizing his photography and poetry skills, Ellis also published “Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems” (2010). He received the Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award and the 2006 John C. Zacharis First Book Award for “The Maverick Room” (2005).

Ellis’ work has appeared in Poetry, Grand Street, Tin House, Ploughshares, The Best American Poetry and many other publications. He is a contributing editor to Callaloo and Poets and Writers Magazine, an assistant professor of creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency M.F.A. program. His book “Breakfast and Blackfist: Notes for Black Poets” is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press.

Ellis’ talk is part of York College’s 2014 Cultural Series, and is free and open to the public.

 

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