Join us for readings and conversation with two of America's most vital and widely-acclaimed poets, Kaveh Akbar and Danez Smith. Praising Akbar's debut collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Penguin) the poet-critic Stephanie Burt has written that 'Akbar has what every poet needs: the power to make, from emotions that others have felt, memorable language that nobody has assembled before'. Akbar's second full-length poetry collection, Pilgrim Bell, is forthcoming in 2021 from Chatto. Danez Smith's Forward-Prize winning collection, Don't Call Us Dead (Chatto) gave readers an unswerving account of US police brutality and racism. Their most recent collection, Homie, is, as Parul Sehgal writes in the New York Times "a book full of the turbulence of thought and desire, piloted by a writer who never loses their way." Both poets ask us what it means to be American today, in a state wracked with violence towards people of colour, immigrants, black and queer people. This promises to be an event of powerful readings followed by a discussion chaired by Sandeep Parmar--on the anniversary of America's Independence--with two poet activists against the backdrop of a country in the throes of change and hope.
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